Testing the Installation on Windows
The following simple commands allow you to test the installation of Mathematica
. Running these commands does not guarantee that the installation was successful, but a failed command can indicate that a serious problem occurred during installation.
You should run these tests from a regular user account and not from an account with administrative privileges.
To run Mathematica
using a network license, both the client machine and the license server must be on the network and MathLM
must be running.
If you run into problems when doing these tests, see the troubleshooting tips in "Troubleshooting on Windows"
. If you do not find the answer there, check the Technical Support website at support.wolfram.com/mathematica
To Test the Kernel:
To start the kernel, choose from the menu.
Type N[Pi, 20]
and press Enter
. The number in the output should match the output shown here.
In:= N[Pi, 20]
To exit the kernel, type Exit
and press Enter
To Test the Front End:
by choosing from the menu.
A splash screen with initialization information appears briefly, after which three windows appear.
Click anywhere inside the leftmost empty window. This window is a Mathematica
. Then hold down the Shift
key and press Enter
to evaluate. This should send the command to the kernel and return the same result as before. The In
labels are prepended once the evaluation is completed.
In the notebook window, there should be a horizontal line across the notebook; this is the horizontal insertion bar. If you do not see one, move the pointer until it becomes a horizontal I-beam and click once to see the insertion bar.
Press the Esc
key. You should see three small horizontal lines in a column (
). Type int
and press Esc
again. You should see an integral sign (
). As an additional font check, typing \[CheckmarkedBox]
should print the symbols ☑
, respectively. If the symbols show up correctly, the fonts have been properly installed.
From the menu, choose . The Mathematica
Documentation Center should appear.