problem installing pidgin 2.6.4 on windows xp

Daniel Atallah datallah at
Mon Dec 7 13:51:00 EST 2009

On Mon, Dec 7, 2009 at 13:12, Ian McGuire <imcguire at> wrote:
> I tried this on two different machines with the same result and I am an administrator for both.  I tried to install in "C:\Program Files\Pidgin".  The Target is "C:\Program Files\Pidgin\pidgin.exe" and Start in is "C:\Program Files\Pidgin".  The icon displayed for pidgin.exe seems to be a windows default.

Please reply to the mailing list instead of just to me.

Does "C:\Program Files\Pidgin\pidgin.exe" exist?

Are the permissions on the file such that the user you're trying to
run as can execute it?

If you try to run "C:\Program Files\Pidgin\pidgin.exe" directly
instead of via the shortcut, does it work?


> Ian
> -----Original Message-----
> From: daniel.atallah at [mailto:daniel.atallah at] On Behalf Of Daniel Atallah
> Sent: December 7, 2009 9:53 AM
> To: Ian McGuire
> Cc: support at
> Subject: Re: problem installing pidgin 2.6.4 on windows xp
> On Mon, Dec 7, 2009 at 01:13, Ian McGuire <imcguire at> wrote:
>> When I try to install pidgin on my windows XP machine it seems to go OK.
>> When I try to run the program I get the error "Windows cannot access the
>> specified device, path, or file.  You may not have the appropriate
>> permissions to access the item."
> Are you installing as an Adminstrator user?
> Where (which path) are you installing Pidgin to?
> If you look at the Properties of the shortcut you're using to launch
> pidgin, what are the entire contents of the "Target" and "Start in"
> fields?
> -D

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