N/APosted on - 05/25/2012
Hi, I’m unable to upgrade my Pidgin Portable from version 2.10.2 to 2.10.3. The problem seems to be with the installer failing to find the path. This is not the first time that I’m upgrading the software. I always install the new version over the old one by giving the path of the existing directory to the installer. But this time when I try the same process I get this error:
"The destination folder you selected is invalid. Please choose a valid folder. [C:Program Files (x86)]"
The installer fails to detect the actual path which is “C:Program Files (x86)PortableAppsPidginPortable”. Has anyone else run into the same problem which upgrading to the latest version? I would be grateful for any help in this regard.
Trouble upgrading Pidgin Portable from 2.10.2 to 2.10.3
The Program Files directory causes issues on Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 in conjunction with UAC restrictions. Even with UAC disabled or when running from Windows 2000/XP, the location causes issues with several portable apps which switch to 'local mode' when they detect they are run from %PROGRAMFILES%. So, Program Files has never been a supported location for using portable software.
The solution is to move your PortableApps directory out of Program Files and into the root directory of your C: drive. Incidentally, this will also allow installers to automatically find it as you run them directly.
(For other users that may have installed to C:Program FilesAppNamePortable, just create a C:PortableApps directory and move the AppNamePortable folder to it.)