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Re: Re: Should I uninstall the old version before upgrading?

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  • Subject: [mg86602] Re: [mg86578] Re: Should I uninstall the old version before upgrading?
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2008 04:19:18 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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When you say you "installed 6.0.2 on top of 6.0.1", do you mean into the 
SAME $InstallationDirectory?

Except when a program installer (or documentation) explicitly tells me I 
can do that, I would never do so.

Helen Read wrote:
> Murray Eisenberg wrote:
>> Andrew Moylan wrote:
>>> On Mar 11, 7:00 pm, =EA=CD=EA=CD <huihui.... at> wrote:
>>>> I want to upgrade Mathematica from v6.0 to v6.0.1. Can I just install
>>>> the new version directly without uninstalling the old version? Should
>>>> I uninstall the old version manually before upgrading?
>>>> Thanks very much!
>>> Yes, do uninstall first. If you don't, you may encounter problems such
>>> as this:
>>> thread/8300a97190bd0c3b/f35b55aec1ae60a3?lnk=gst&q=%24Failed+drawing+too=
>>> ls#f35b55aec1ae60a3
>> This is a problem that occurs only if one has moved palettes to a new 
>> location?  Because if you install 6.0.2 in an $InstallationDirectory 
>> separate from that for 6.0.1, why should it be a problem?
> Evidently it's an issue with the installer.
> I installed 6.0.2 on top of 6.0.1 on a fairly new XP desktop PC, and it 
> failed to put the new DrawingTools palette where it need to go. I have 
> always installed all versions of Mathematica to the default directory, 
> and have not moved the palettes (or anything else) around. The problem 
> did not occur on my (older) XP laptop. Someone from Wolfram called me on 
> the phone to get some more details, because they had not been able to 
> reproduce the issue. The suspicion, after talking to me, was that the 
> reason for the different behavior was that my laptop had had older 
> versions of Mathematica installed, whereas the first version installed 
> on the desktop was 6.0.0. WRI was able to reproduce the problem after 
> talking to me, but did not have a fix for it other than uninstalling, 
> deleting the installation directory, and reinstalling.
> I didn't have the problem when I installed 6.0.2 over top of 6.0.1 on a 
> Vista machine (which also never had anything prior to v.6), so this is 
> seemingly an XP specific problem.
> --
> Helen Read
> University of Vermont

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