People have used the instructions and sent me some comments, but I have not kept them. Well, today (October 23, 2003) I decided to start logging them because I think they will be helpful for others who are thinking about installing emacs using these instructions. Many people have successfully installed emacs using them over the years.
Acknowledgement: The original version of the instructions was written by Joe Zachary of the University of Utah and I have inherited and revised them over the years.
So, here are comments I have recevied so far starting from 10/23/2003. I am including these messages without seeking the sender's permission, thus omitting the commenter's full name.
October 23, 2003:
I have just used your instructions to install emacs on windows, and it went smoothly. I am grateful to you for providing such detailed, extensive and correct instructions. Best regards, Michael.October 30, 2003:
Thanks for the great, explicit windows emacs installation instructions. (found by google). It's really nice when you follow instructions and things just work :-) --DanJanuary 14, 2004:
Thanks so much for the careful directions on how to install Emacs! I followed them and it worked fine! Christos.January 23, 2004:
I would just like to take the time to thank you for putting such excellent instructions on the web for the installation of g++ and emacs for windows. I've attempted these before and it felt like running full speed into a brick wall. Thank you, ClintonJanuary 27, 2004:
Thanks for the windows installation instructions at http://www.cs.utah.edu/~alee/emacs/emacs.html. They worked great! - SusanFebruary 1, 2004:
At last, after all this time... You see, I was brought up on Linux but have recently been getting used to XP: but all along I was wishing I still had a PROPER editor/newsreader/et cetera.... I didn't need to try and install a whole Linux emulator, all I needed was *your* instructions and downloads. I can't believe how easy this was, and only wish I'd found it earlier! Many thanks indeed! Richard Oxford, UK.
February 3, 2004:
Thanks for the super instructions and links at http://www.cs.utah.edu/~alee/emacs/emacs.html. I stumbled across them while working from home, and it makes sharing files between my linux and windows partitions much neater. Thanks again. Jim Database Administrator
May 22, 2004:
Many thanks for the idiotproofed install for emacs! John Melbourne, Australia
July 2, 2004:
Hi I just installed emacs on my machine. Your instructions were perfect to the last detail. Thanks very much. Thanks & Regards, Patel _______________________________ University of Wisconsin-Madison
April 9, 2005:
I want to thank you for the instructions on how to install emacs on a Windows box. The instructions worked the first time I tried them. I can now use emacs on both my Linux and Windows boxes. Again, thank you. Enrique
April 26, 2005:
Hi, I found your instructions very helpful and they were quite accurate. Thanks a lot for the great help. S.
May 25, 2005:
Professor Lee, I just installed emacs on my Windows XP system at work, using your excellent instructions, and it was very easy. I had tried on a UNIX system a few years ago and failed, so this was a pleasant surprise. My world is now a better place. Thanks very much. D. H.
September 23, 2005:
Hash: SHA1 Dear Mr Lee, thanks for Your helpfull instructions concerning the emacs installation on a windows machine. J. M. ... Dipl.Inf. software engineer ... 60322 Frankfurt a. M. Germany
October 11, 2005:
I was desperately wanting to install Emacs at my system here at work and the only comprehensive guide that I could find was yours. Thank you much!! -Jonathan Intel Corporation
October 15, 2005:
Thanks! for your notes on installing emacs on a windows XP machine. Just worked like a charm. Nicky University of Washington
November 2, 2005:
Thanks Art. Your instructions to install emacs work great. Raju Research Scientist, The Boeing ... Group
November 12, 2005:
i've been using emacs for windows for a number of years (and on a number of computers), always using your instructions for the original download and install. works like a charm, but i have a new obstacle. is there a way to run emacs locally and save to (or open from) a machine that requires ssh/sftp? is this configurable in emacs? tia. naomi
November 19, 2005:
Professor Lee, Your instructions worked great. Thanks for the help! ... David
December 5, 2005:
Dear Art, Thanks for the great emacs install docs! They made installing emacs a breeze. Best Regards, Joel
December 22, 2005:
Subject: Excellent Emacs Installation Gude Dear Dr. Lee, Thank you for the very helpful emacs installation guide. Kind regards, Jeff
March 14, 2006:
Subject: Thank you Hi Arthur H. Lee, I just wanted to thank you for the : http://math.claremontmckenna.edu/Alee/emacs/emacs.html You've made my day! Something that have been a problem for quite some time have now been solved permanently. Thank you so much for writing the page and making it public for everyone. Regards Anna K S., Sweden
July 2, 2006:
Subject: emacs installation guide Hi Art, Thanks for providing a clear, concise and accurate set of instructions for Windows installation of Emacs - this is a great resource for users and would-be users of Windows Emacs. Everything worked as described and the links were very helpful. Thanks, David
September 6, 2006:
Subject: Thanks for your web page on Emacs on Windows! Dear Dr. Lee, I am a confirmed Emacs/Unix user. But once in a while I am forced to use a Windows machine. I recently came across your web page on installing Emacs on Windows. I was able to follow the clear instructions and successfully downloaded and installed Emacs on my machine. Just wanted to say, "thanks a bunch!". Best wishes, --Neelam
October 25, 2006:
Subject: emacs installation instructions Hello Art, I just wanted to give you some feedback on the emacs installation instructions. They're perfect. Thanks for taking the time to do that for us. Regards, Paul
October 26, 2006:
Subject: HOWTO: install emacs for windows I learned emacs many years ago (before I learned unix). Your HOWTO directions for installing unix on windows are on the money. Thanks for providing this service. (By the way, I found you on google). ... Thanks. best regards, chris
April 24, 2007:
Subject: Emacs Professor Lee, Thanks for the installation instructions. They are very explicit, and they worked great (Windows XP). Mickey
April 26, 2007:
Subject: Thanks for Windows Emacs installation instructions! Professor Lee, Thank you for providing succinct and followable instructions. I just now double-clicked on my emacs shortcut and joined the group of people who've appreciated your guidance. I wish you the best of success in your endeavors! Thanks again, Michael
May 31, 2008: For Vista
Subject: Emacs on Vista (Regarding Emacs installation instructions) Hi Mr. Lee, I have been using a test Vista laptop for our department (IS at the University of Vermont, College of Medicine). I will be out of town this weekend with no Internet access. I typically run emacs off of our Unix cluster over the Web as my programming environment, but wont be able to this weekend. I followed your instructions (only changing the destination to C:\Program Files\emacs) and it is running just fine. Im sure youve had others already contacted you, but I also wanted to thank you for the instructions. Best, Sherrie
October 23, 2008:
Subject: Emacs installation Hello, Mr. Lee, I am a student of Université de Montréal, Qc, Canada. Just wanted to let you know, that web page with the instructions on emacs installation on windows helped me a lot. Thank you very much! Natalia
February 13, 2009:
hi i was having problem in installing emacs for windows, however after reading ur instructions, i was able to install it without any error. i m really thankful to you for such a nice work. God bless you thanks -- MOHAMMAD
April 30, 2009: For Version 22.3
Hey! just tried emacs 22.3 for winXP and used your instructions for the HOME env variable. It works very nicely! thanks for the tips :) Cheers, J.
September 16, 2009: For Vista, Windows 7
Dear Mr. Lee Thank you for your Emacs-Installation Guide provided at http://www.cmc.edu/math/alee/emacs/emacs.html I just wanted to inform you that the guide works as expected for windows vista and the new windows 7 by adding the environment variable as described for windows XP. The only difference is that, since the control panel icons are now grouped together, you will find "System" in Control Panel -> System and Security -> System Best Regards Rafael
July 13, 2012: For Windows 7
From: Carol D. Sent: Fri 7/13/2012 9:28 AM To: Lee, Art Subject: Great site for emacs instructions. Thanks. Directions for windows 7 is slightly site different: Windows 7 64 bit: add HOME as an environment variable. Follow Start > Control Panel > System > Advanced system settings. Followed by Environment Variables. Then, add HOME as a user variable with its value C:\emacs\. -- Carol D, Professor and Adviser ...
September 8, 2012:
Dear Art Lee, Many thanks for your installation instructions for Emacs on Windows. I would like to mention my experience (Windows 7 by the way) in following them so you can make you instructions even better. In step 7, you explain how to download the init.txt file to the .emacs.d folder. However, this directory does not exist after a fresh install by extracting the zip file. The directory is created by runemacs.exe the first time it is started. Adding a note that this hidden directory is only created by running emacs might prevent some confusion with future readers of your notes looking for a hidden directory that is simply not there in the first place. Keep up the good work and greetings from the Netherlands, Stefan V
June 28, 2013:
Hi, I am a computer-phobe, but have just got paid work which required me to install Emacs on the bootcamped Mac I use (for word processing, if I'm honest). And I followed your instructions and they worked! Even for a Luddite like myself - So, cheers, Much appreciated! Rowan
January 14, 2014:
Dear Art, Just a quick thank you for your note on Emacs installation. I have used it many times and it works perfectly. Contrary to many things written by mathematicians, this note is practical and easy to use. Thanks again, A. A.
April 17, 2014:
This is just a note of thanks from a Linux user who has been forced to use a Windows machine some of the time. I have gone through endless semi-successful installations, but I simply don't understand how Windows does things. Your careful guidance took me through a smooth and completely sucdcessful installation. Many, many thanks. Pierre. M.