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When I installed LaTeX I followed an online guide a bit blindly, so forgive me if I mix up things.

I just updated TeX Live (via TeX Live Manager in the command line) and now I can't open .tex files with TeXworks. When I double click in the files, nothing happens, same thing when I try to start a new texworks.exe process, it simply doesn't do anything.

Updating TeX Live was the only thing I did, and before this it all worked perfectly and without issue.

What could be causing this problem?

  • Welcome! Which online guide? I guess you're using Windows and TeXworks came bundled as part of TeX Live? TeX Live Manager probably produced a .log file and probably also saved the old versions of packages to backup. Did you get any errors? Is there anything in the log? – cfr Jun 4 '18 at 12:23
  • probably missing file associations. can you open *.texfiles with any editor (e.g. notepad, notepad++)? – naphaneal Jun 4 '18 at 12:26
  • @cfr Sorry, I don't remember which guide. Yes, you're right, texworks came bundled. The log file doesn't say anything special. It failed the first time because the program was still open (a common mistake for beginners) and then it just did a "self restore" and a "self update". naphaneal Yeah, the .tex files I can open without issue with notepad, I guess I should have specified that in the title. It's just texworks/texlive not responding. – Hyperbolic Madness Jun 4 '18 at 12:40
  • @naphaneal Not if opening the .exe directly fails, too? Would reinstalling the editor help? Presumably, TeX Live has a package for TeXworks which could be reinstalled? (I don't use Windows, so TeX Live doesn't bundle an editor for me.) – cfr Jun 4 '18 at 13:59
  • @cfr sounds like a borked update. I'd try a repair install first. if that fails, clean reinstall (uninstall, if possible, delete otherwise, use ccleaner or WiseClean to clean registry of zombie entries.) – naphaneal Jun 4 '18 at 14:43
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Blindly following obscure guide lines often leads to b0rK3d!#" update procedures or installations. If that is the case, try the following:

  • Try a repair of the installed program and update any installed package.
  • If that fails, try to uninstall the program.
    • If the uninstall fails, delete the installed folders manually. Use ccleaner or Wise Disk Cleaner to get rid of zombie entries in the Windows registry.
  • Install the latest TeX Live environment and LaTeX editor/IDE to your liking, but as clean as possible.
  • Please do not use CCleaner as it is known for breaking Windows. – genodeftest Jun 5 '18 at 12:56
  • @genodeftest I'm using it so far without problems. but I'm using WIN7, which will stay until I switch to *nixoid OS soon. I recommend WiseClean instead. – naphaneal Jun 5 '18 at 14:23

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