[texworks] Texworks quit working (on windows)

Arno Trautmann Arno.Trautmann at gmx.de
Tue Sep 27 16:06:46 CEST 2011

David J. Perry wrote:
> 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 installer.

Well, that cannot be a solution. TeX Live ships TeX works for Windows, 
and it is supposed to work. I personally do recommend TeX Live for every 
Windows TeX starter as MiKTeX has several problems that can be hard for 
a beginner. E.g. I've seen (during a TeX run) a message saying that the 
GUI could not be opened. A normal user is lost at this point.

Therefore, also I'm on a Linux machine, I'm also interested in a 
solution – a friend of mine seems to have the same problem as K. Frank 


> See www.miktex.org.
> David
> ----- 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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