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marianne-x wrote:
Phillip Jordan should be plenty embarrassed when/if he figures out what
he is doing that he is not telling us.

He says he is "downloading all 13,238k" of LibreOffice 4.2.

My download of last night was of 215,400 kb, plus 5432 kb for
the helppack, so of course nothing will work for him.

Perhaps his download failed and was cut short - in which case he could try downloading again (from

We still have no explanation of what he thinks he may need to buy in
order to install LO.

He finds no "installation wizard", so let's try saying this a different

After downloading the right file from the right site, you should find a
file named: libreoffice_4.2.8_win_x86.msi in whatever subdirectory your
downloads go to. If you opted for the helppack, then you should find a
2nd file: libreoffice_4.2.8_win_x86_helppack_en-us.msi there also.
Search for them if you've lost track of where they've been stashed.

If they are not at least close to the sizes given, something has already
gone awry.

These .msi files are executable; one must needs only double-click (in a
/Curtains/ system) on one or the other (the big one first, usually) to
start them running. The resulting screen messages should guide one the
rest of the way.

If you are expecting some magic/just because/ you downloaded the
programme, it won't happen. You have to initiate the execution of the
.msi file.

Whilst we're on the topic, I'd be interested if anyone has a suggestion
pertinent to my particular difficulty: I have to run LO Portable from a
USB stick, because the regular programme refuses to install on this
/Curtains 7/ machine, reporting: "Error 1325 fingerprint is not a valid
short filename", and not giving any information as to how one might
resolve whatever problem LO is having. This has persisted through many
versions, for about 2 years now, and so is not some transient phenomenon.

There are no "fingerprint" file names, short or long, on the system, but
there are two empty subdirectories, associated with OpenOffice, that
have that name.

I assume by "Curtains 7" you mean "Windows 7" (perhaps a literal translation?) I've never come across that "fingerprint" problem on Windows Vista. What are the exact paths to those subdirectories ?(i.e. everything from C:\... up to \fingerprint\) As you say they're empty, have you tried simply deleting them? If you do, does that solve the problem, or do they come back again?

There has been a lot of happy talk on this list lately about running
multiple versions of LO in parallel, which is just what one wants to do
in order to act as a useful tester. Perhaps that notion applies to mac
and linux systems only. Whatever the case, attempting to set up such a
parallel system on /Curtains 7/, loading the second version onto a USB
stick (which I naively thought would provide adequate isolation), was
the cause of my LO downfall, from which I have never recovered.

Instructions for setting up a parallel install on Windows are at - basically you can either use a tool to manage the installs, or specify additional options on the command line when starting the installer. You may also want to keep the user configuration ("profile") folders separate for different versions.

Just installing the normal versions to a USB stick might not give the isolation you need, as they'd all use the same user configuration folder under your Windows profile's folder. You mentioned the portable version earlier, and installing a different version of that to a USB stick should be OK, as it keeps the configuration in the application folder.

If you're only ever using the portable version on one PC, and don't actually take the USB stick to different PCs to use LibreOffice, you could install LibreOffice Portable onto the hard disk of that PC. Provided each portable version is installed to a different folder, they should still be isolated. I don't know if you can have two different versions running at the same time; you might have to exit one before starting another, but having several portable versions installed and switching between them shouldn't be a problem.



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