[texworks] Texworks quit working (on windows)

David J. Perry hospes.primus at verizon.net
Mon Sep 26 22:54:40 CEST 2011

I believe that some people use TeXLive on Windows, but you might have better 
luck with MiKTeX, which is a Windows-specific distribution (that's what I 
use).  It includes TeXworks along with many other things and has tools to 
keep your distribution up to date easily.  It comes with a Windows 

See www.miktex.org.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "K. Frank" <kfrank29.c at gmail.com>
To: <texworks at tug.org>
Sent: Monday, September 26, 2011 10:06 AM
Subject: Re: [texworks] Texworks quit working (on windows)

> Hi List!
> A quick follow-up:
> Has anyone successfully used texworks / tex-live on windows?
> If so, what version(s) did you use?  How did you install it?
> I'm still dead in the water here...
> Thanks.
> K. Frank
> On Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 5:49 PM, K. Frank <kfrank29.c at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello List!
>> I had been successfully running texworks on windows, but then it
>> stopped working. When I attempt to launch texworks, the texworks.exe
>> process appears to run briefly (it shows up for one refresh cycle in the
>> windows task manager), but exits, essentially immediately.
>> Does anyone know how I might fix this?
>> As I recall, I downloaded and installed texworks in July, and then
>> subsequently downloaded and installed tex live. I believe that
>> when I was running texworks, it was the version I had installed
>> first, and not the tex live version.
>> After not using texworks for a while I tried to run it, and it wouldn't
>> start, as described above. It's possible that an instance of texworks
>> was open when the computer experienced a hard crash.
>> After trying a few random things, I uninstalled texworks and tex live.
>> I then downloaded a new copy of the tex live installation package.
>> (install-tl.zip that unzips into install-tl-20110921.) When I tried to
>> run install-tl.bat, perl.exe crashed with an access violation.
>> I then used the previous version of the tex live installation package.
>> (install-tl.zip, downloaded on 7/31/11, that unzips into install-tl.)
>> I ran that version of install-tl.bat to reinstall tex live. The 
>> installation
>> process seems to have run correctly (with a few warnings about
>> wget retries).
>> I now try to run the texworks application that came with tex live, and
>> I get the same result: the application runs briefly (according to task
>> manager), but exits immediately without doing anything or displaying
>> anything on the screen.
>> I didn't make any noteworthy system modifications between when
>> texworks was running and when it quit, I did install a java development
>> kit and ant to support another application, and firefox may have updated
>> itself in the meantime, but nothing dramatic.
>> I am running on 64-bit windows 7.
>> Any explanations or advice would be most welcome.
>> Thanks.
>> K. Frank

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