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2.2.3 Copying Files off a File Server

Another method of installing Mathematica on a client is to directly copy the Mathematica files from a file server without running the installer. However, a copy of Mathematica installed in this way differs from a copy created by running the installer in several ways. These differences and appropriate steps for working around them are listed here.

  • The Mathematica fonts will not be available for use by other applications. It is therefore recommended that you manually install the fonts on your system. The fonts are found in SystemFiles\Fonts\Windows in the Mathematica layout. To install these fonts so they can be used by all other Windows applications, open the Fonts control panel, choose Install New Font under the File menu, and specify the location of the fonts in the Add Fonts dialog box that appears.

  • The MathLink libraries will not be available for use by other applications. It is therefore recommended that you copy the MathLink libraries to the appropriate locations on your system. The MathLink libraries consist of six files: ml32i1.dll, ml32i2.dll, mlmap32.mlp, mlshm32.mlp, mltcp32.mlp, and mltcpip32.mlp, which are located in AddOns\MathLink\DeveloperKit\Windows\SystemAdditions in the Mathematica layout. Copy these six files to the Windows\System folder on Windows 98/Me, the WINNT\system32 folder on Windows NT/2000, or the Windows\system32 folder on Windows XP.

  • The proper file associations will not be set up for Mathematica. You can set these associations manually by using the Folder Options dialog box under the Tools menu of the Explorer window (under Windows NT/2000/XP). You will need to specify the MIME type as application/mathematica and the file extension as .nb.

  • A Start menu for Mathematica will not be created automatically. You can add this menu manually by editing the Start menu settings in the dialog box that appears when you choose Settings RightTriangle Taskbar and Start Menu under the Start menu.

Note: $InstallationDirectory refers to the top-level Mathematica directory and $UserBaseDirectory refers to the directory in which Mathematica preferences are stored. You can find the location of these directories on your system by typing and evaluating the corresponding command in Mathematica. The default values of $UserBaseDirectory for the different versions of Windows are listed in Section 2.3.4.