MPLABX disappeared?

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(thinks: is this the right forum for questions about MPLABX? - perhaps the forum name needs to be more general)

 

So I don't like MPLABX but there is the odd question here about it and I do like to learn new stuff so I was 99% certain I installed it on a Windows machine the other day.

 

Then there was another question about using MPLABX so I went to run it.

 

Could I find it?

 

I sort of assumed that if I typed "MP" or "Microchip" or similar into Win10's start menu it would get to it. I can certainly find Microchip Studio 7 that way but nothing came up.

 

At this stage I thought it was an age/memory thing. At my age you DO forget stuff and I began to believe I had never installed it at all.

 

So, anyway, I went trawling through \Program Files\ and \Program Files (x86)\ but I could not find it.

 

In my Downloads folder I found I still had an install file for MPLABX so at this stage I started to wonder if I had downloaded it but never installed it.

 

So I ran the install again. I sort of assumed that if I had previously installed it this thing would pop up and say "found it, do you want to repair it?" but it appeared to do a full install so I thought I must have been wrong about installing it previously.

 

When the installer ended I was kind of hoping for a "run it now?" option but it just gave 3 options about downloading other stuff I wasn't interested in so I just closed the installer assuming I would now find something new in Start menu.

 

But there was nothing new listed there?!?

 

So in the end I just searched my drive for "mp*.exe" in the hopes that the name would start with "mp". I finally found it in:

 

 

Now I presume it was actually there previously and I somehow over-looked this when searching the first time.

 

But my point here is that I seem to have installed it twice and on both occasions it appears to have entirely failed to add anything to my Start menu to let me easily run it ?!?

 

Am I just unlucky or is there something wrong in the installer? If you don't follow one of those last 3 (optional!) choices to download other stuff does that mean the installation step to add a Start menu entry never occurs ?

 

At least I can some back to this post in future as an aide memoire to know where to find the .exe I need to run !

 

EDIT: oh wait a minute. I just had a hunch that it might have put an icon on my desktop and...

 

 

But here's the thing - I never see my desktop. I never turn my computer off so it never reboots to a clean desktop (unless IT force an update) and I generally usually have about 20..40 windows open so every bit of the desktop is always covered. So puttiig icons on Desktop is no use to me. Also I kind of object to programs messing with the desktop anyway unless the installer specifically asks "do you want desktop icons?" and I permit it.


Why are there no group/icons added to the Start Menu itself?

Last Edited: Thu. Jun 16, 2022 - 12:55 PM
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clawson wrote:
I generally usually have about 20..40 windows open so every bit of the desktop is always covered.

Don't you use workspaces on windows?

 

Like hit windows key + tab, then click on + sign to add new desktop, you can add many desktops. (this needs to be done only once)

 

And to switch between them all you have to do is windows key + ctrl key + left or right arrow key.

 

This is much more efficient.

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Last Edited: Thu. Jun 16, 2022 - 02:15 PM
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It does get added where you expect.

 

 

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Microchip\MPLAB X IDE

 

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You are right, I do now see:

 

 

but why then, when I start to type "mpl" into the start menu search is this not found - perhaps this is more of a Microsoft/Windows issue than anything else?

 

EDIT:  Oh this is very weird. I just started to type "mpl" again and this time...

 

 

and yet I would swear to God that this did not work earlier. Wonder what's going on here?

 

I wonder if the start menu search relies on a search cache and it had not refreshed immediately after installation ?

 

Last Edited: Thu. Jun 16, 2022 - 02:56 PM
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I type "mpl" and up comes MPLAB X IDE v6.00

 

Seriously.  You need to upgrade from v5.30

 

MPLABX v6.00 "works" for compiling a project but is painful for debug.

It just takes several minutes to start.   And is very SLOW.   But is more convenient than AS7.0 if you have a single project with multiple targets.

 

David.

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By the way, hit the "windows" key + D  and the desktop will pop right up to the top...hit again to revert to what you were doing.

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