[fpc-pascal] FPC install on windows with limited rights

Michael Van Canneyt michael at freepascal.org
Thu Nov 2 08:17:36 CET 2017

On Thu, 2 Nov 2017, Graeme Geldenhuys wrote:

> Hi,
> I have a severely locked down laptop (work one) so I can't install 
> anything that creates menu shortcuts, desktop icons or goes into 
> "Program Files". So I can't run the official Windows FPC installer. I 
> don't actually know what is the requirement in Windows to trigger the 
> "admin rights" dialog - but the official FPC installer does trigger it, 
> so I can't use it.
> Is there a way to unpack the installer so I can manually install FPC in 
> my home folder? Or is there some other lesser known official Windows 
> installer I could use. eg: the FPC Linux installer doesn't require root 
> access. Is there a Windows FPC installer that uses the same installer as 
> Linux or FreeBSD? A console installer?
> I managed to track down a very old FPC 2.6.0 bundled with Lazarus v1 in 
> a "portable application" installer. This worked, but it's very old. I 
> guess I would go through the tedious process of compiling each FPC 
> release myself starting with the 2.6.0 fpc.exe I have - but if there is 
> a faster way, I would obviously prefer that.

The installer is made with inno setup. There are several inno extract tools
available, e.g.:

You can use that to extract the files to any location you want. 
A fast USB3 for a portable installation seems like a good idea.


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