Thursday, December 14, 2006

Windows username problem

Today, I have to install Netbeans 5.5, a very popular IDE for Java, on my friend's notebook. At first, the installer said that there is no JDK on this computer. So we find another Netbeans installer pack which included JDK 6. But the situation is almost the same. The installer asked to locate the "java.exe" file but after I select the correct file it said file is corrupted.

We try restarting Windows, reinstalling the JDK, but none of them worked. After a while, I noticed that my friend's Windows user name is a little weird (It contain "@" and "!"). So I try create a new Windows user account. And try install Netbeans again from there. Bang! It worked!

I realized that this is not the first time I experienced this problem. So, do not name your next Windows account with those weird characters :)


Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for your help.

Dave said...

I don't want to be a pessemist, but I think this warrants more research. You created a new user and reinstalled and it worked.. it could be MANY other things. Perhaps your version was installed on a Tuesday and you reinstalled on a Wednesday.
Is there any causual relationship between the two events?
Not a flame, just trying to be helpful.

.:: m3rLinEz ::. said...

Thanks Dave, I draw conclusion too quickly. Maybe it was another reason that made it work. I will do more research on this next time.

But if the readers really cannot install Netbeans and the environment is the same as describe, give this method a try.

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