[ESS] Finding Rterm in R 2.12.0 on Windows

Daniel Nordlund djnordlund at frontier.com
Mon Feb 7 17:56:03 CET 2011

> -----Original Message-----
> From: ess-help-bounces at r-project.org [mailto:ess-help-bounces at r-
> project.org] On Behalf Of Rodney Sparapani
> Sent: Monday, February 07, 2011 8:12 AM
> To: ess-help at stat.math.ethz.ch
> Subject: Re: [ESS] Finding Rterm in R 2.12.0 on Windows
> On Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 7:11 PM, Paul Johnson<pauljohn32 at gmail.com>  wrote:
> >
> > The only big Vista/Win7 complication I see is that "VirtualStore"
> > disaster. When I try to configure something in ESS or install an R
> > package and I'm not acting as the administrator, then Windows tries to
> > "fool me" by installing the app in a hidden part of the user  account,
> > in a folder named like
> > C:\Users\pauljohn\AppData\...\LocalSettings\VirtualStore\.  Then it
> > creates an "illusion" that it did install into C:\Program Files\R by
> > re-routing my user requests from the C:\Program Files area into that
> > VirtualStore.  So after I log off, then other users come along and R
> > packages or Emacs ESS config changes I made are not available to them.
> >
> This is exactly the problem that I described.  The only issue was
> with my ascribing it to 32-bit vs. 64-bit application installers.  As it
> turns out, it is something even more sinister.  Does this "feature"
> have a name?
> Rodney

I believe Microsoft calls this User Account Control (UAC).  It can be annoying.  See the following link


Hope this is helpful,


Daniel Nordlund
Bothell, WA USA

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