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[protege-discussion] Fwd: Installation & Run problem

Jennifer Vendetti vendetti at
Wed Mar 3 18:54:07 PST 2010

Hello Kara,

Sorry to hear you are having problems with the installation.

Protege writes data into a log file that is located under the root 
directory of the installation.  This started to cause problems on 
Windows Vista machines for users that don't have admin privileges (when 
Protege is installed in the Program Files directory).  Vista wants all 
the programs in the Program Files directory to be read-only.  Are you 
able to install Protege outside of the Program Files folder, e.g., on 
your Desktop?  I believe this will allow you to run in LUP mode without 
being asked for an admin password.

On your 64-bit machine, did you try uninstalling Protege using the "Add 
or Remove Programs" dialog in the Control Panel?  I am wondering if this 
will work vs. the uninstaller program?  In any case, we ordered a 64-bit 
Windows 7 machine for testing.  It is not here and configured yet, but 
when it is, I'll be able to more effectively troubleshoot these types of 


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	Installation & Run problem
Date: 	Wed, 03 Mar 2010 17:36:07 -0500
From: 	Kruse, Kara L. <krusekl at>

I am having problems installing and running Protégé which appear to be 
related to admin privileges.  I have tried installing and running on 
both a 32-bit Windows Vista laptop and a 64-bit Windows 7 laptop and 
have the same problem.

As in many government facilities, even us computer geeks have to work 
under Least User Privileges (LUP).  I can get a 1 hour temporary admin 
password for making software installs.  I downloaded Protégé and right 
clicked on the install_protege_3.4.3.exe file, selected "Run as 
Administrator", and entered the temporary admin password.  Protégé 
appeared to install correctly - it gave no error messages and came back 
with a Finished dialog. However, no icon or folder was put in the Start 
Menu or on the desktop.  I located the Protégé folder and double clicked 
on the Protégé.exe file.  It forces me to input the temporary admin 
password to run, after which Protégé appears to come up properly.  Every 
time I try to run Protégé, it wants an admin password, a situation that 
makes it really difficult to use in a LUP environment.  I tried this 
with both the Java included and Java not included version of the Protégé 
install on the 32-bit Vista laptop and had the same problem.

I also an uninstall problem on the 64-bit laptop.  I downloaded the 
64-bit version of Protégé 3.4.3, but the default install directory came 
up as "Program Files (x86)" which is for 32-bit programs.  So I changed 
the directory to "Program Files" for 64-bit programs and selected a 
pre-installed 64-bit Java installation.  Again the program appeared to 
install and gave no error messages, but put no icons or folders in the 
Start Menu or desktop.  Running Protégé.exe also required admin 
privileges.  When I tried to Uninstall the program by right clicking on 
"Uninstall Protégé 3.4.3.ext" and selecting "Run as Administrator", it 
popped up a message that the uninstall program did not support 64-bit 
and would not uninstall.  Uninstall on the 32-bit laptop worked OK.

Do you have any suggestions?  I looked on the wiki site and could not 
find anything about this problem.  I also posted a message yesterday to 
the news group about the uninstall problem, but have not heard anything 

Thanks for your help,



Kara L. Kruse, Research Staff

Computational Sciences & Engineering Division

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6173

Phone: 865-574-5154, 865-576-6197

Email: KruseKL at 


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