Re: [Rd] testing a Windows custom installer

From: Brian G. Peterson <>
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2011 09:54:42 -0500

On Wed, 2011-07-20 at 10:29 -0400, John Fox wrote:
> 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?

I keep a Windows XP virtual machine image around in a 'clean' state for things like this. I spin up the 'clean' image, test what I need to test, and shut down the Windows image without snapshotting it.


Brian G. Peterson
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