No, I didn’t get picked up by a tornado and dropped into the land of OZ, but I am just as befuddled as if I had been.
I saw the announcement that Blender 2.56 had been released and I got super excited. I love downloading brand new shiny versions of Blender to play with. So I downloaded it posthaste. I chose the self installer (I am on a windows 7 pc) because I am lazy and I like having all the shortcuts setup for me.
Once it downloaded I clicked the installer icon, watched it install and let it launch Blender. Excellent, I poked around for a minute then closed Blender and wandered off for a cup of coffee. I came back later and went to open Blender again, but there wasn’t a shortcut on my desktop and it wasn’t listed in my Start menu. hmmm…. I did install it didn’t I? Damn I hate being old, I could have sworn I installed it, but obviously I didn’t.
So I click the installer icon, watched it install and let it launch Blender. Odd feelings of Deja vu, but anyhow now I know it is installed. I closed Blender and looked at my desktop, no shortcut and no sign of it in my Start menu.
That is very odd. I know I saw the part of the installer that said it would create a shortcut on the desktop. Something must have gone wonky. No problem, I’ll just delete it and start over.
So over to the control panel> uninstall programs, wait for the list to populate. Blender is not listed.
Toto, I don’t think we are in Kansas anymore…
Something is definitely not right. Hmmm, maybe my download got corrupted somehow, it happens. So I re-downloaded and tried again.
This time I watched the installer very closely and noticed that it wanted to install Blender to;
That has never happened before, it has always installed into the Programs folder. So I go and look in my User folder and sure enough, there is Blender, sitting in there all safe and happy.
But I am not happy, I am confused. Blender belongs in my program folder, not my User folder. Boo hiss, my inner Organizational monster is having a major hissy fit. This will not do at all.
So back to the installer, when it gets to that part where you tell it where to install, I point it to my Program folder, thinking all will be fine. Ok, not so much. The Blender installer had a fit and couldn’t install some file and aborted the effort. Several rounds of this and I started getting rather annoyed.
All I want is my nice little shortcuts on the desktop and for it to show up in my Start Menu. The last part being rather silly, because I never launch Blender from the start menu, but it is supposed to be in there and it currently isn’t.
So back to blender website, I am going to have a look at the installation instructions to see if something has changed. While there I see:
ANOTHER NOTE: The preferred way for installing Blender is the .zip. When installing as administrator still creates problems for non-administrator users.
Boo hiss, but that explains it. Sigh, luckily there is more than one way to do anything, even get my shortcuts. I put Blender into C:\Users\Mom\Blender Foundation\Blender, since it seems to want to be there and at least I know where it is. I launched Blender from there and then pinned the program to my task bar.
So hah, take that, I have a shortcut after all. Still no Start menu entry, but I never really use the Start menu anyhow. My inner Organizational monster will just have to adapt.