[Rd] testing a Windows custom installer

From: John Fox <jfox_at_mcmaster.ca>
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2011 10:29:15 -0400


Dear R-devel list members,

For several years, I've created a custom R installer for my students who use Windows. When I test the installer on my own Windows machines, selections in the installation dialogs reflect my previous choices, which I suppose are saved in the Windows registry.

I'd like to be able to see what a student who has never installed R before will see, to verify that an installation that takes all defaults in the custom installer produces the desired result. In the past, I've dealt with this problem by finding a Windows machine on which R has never been installed, but that's inconvenient (and, as R proliferates will, I hope, become impossible!). Is there a better approach?

Thanks,
 John



John Fox
Senator William McMaster
  Professor of Social Statistics
Department of Sociology
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
http://socserv.mcmaster.ca/jfox

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