[digiKam-users] Installation on Win 10 - problem solved

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Mon Aug 17 01:13:34 BST 2020

Thank you Stephen,

What you say makes good sense and aligns with my experiences of what happens when trying to install DigiKam - all the files install correctly, but Windows refuses to open them. It explains why it works to copy  over them with an identical extracted tar.gz version of the same code.

I'm puzzled the issue isn't reported more by users of DigiKam as it is so structural.

The problem for me was with Win 10 Pro. Perhaps  it doesn't apply to other Windows editions?

Best wishes and thanks again,

-----Original Message-----
From: Digikam-users <digikam-users-bounces at kde.org> On Behalf Of Stephen Leibowitz
Sent: Sunday, 16 August 2020 9:39 PM
To: digikam-users at kde.org
Subject: Re: [digiKam-users] Installation on Win 10 - problem solved

If other users have the same problem on Windows, they might try unblocking the downloaded installer before running it. See “ZIP files should be “unblocked” before their contents are extracted” at https://web.archive.org/web/20180809174548/https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/delay/p/unblockingdownloadedfile/
. That article is about ZIP files, but the concept is the same for installer files.

I wrote a post on a Krita forum that also discusses the issue. See
https://forum.kde.org/viewtopic.php?f=139&t=161647&p=420031#p420031 . It references the Krita FAQ which says in part, “...or tell Microsoft Security Essentials to make an exception for Krita.”

While downloaded .tar.xz files are also marked as blocked, it is not necessary to unblock them. Windows itself cannot extract from .tar.xz .
Instead, you would use a third-party program, such as 7-Zip or PeaZip. The third-party programs will ignore the block and not propagate the block tag to the extracted files.

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