Some time ago Sacha Chua posted a blog entry called Making GNU Emacs play well on Microsoft Windows 7. It offers a quick introduction how easy it is to install Emacs on Windows systems and you can follow that guideline. My system differs a bit from that and I want to show you on where and why.
- My path where I extract emacs is
C:/bin/edit/emacs. I don’t like to put things directly under
C:/(except for my
bindirectory ^^) and I guess it’s not the best way to handle Windows. It would be more correct to put it under
C:/Program Files(x86)but I don’t have the rights to create files there (which might be the reason why it’s better to put it there) so I decided to create a bin directory under
C:/where I put some applications. Also
c:/Users/axxllence/bin/edit/might work if you are the only user using Emacs or you have trouble creating directories under
- Start -> environment should list “Environment variables for this user”
- My home is:
%HOME%=C:/Users/axxllence/Documents/home. I backup my Documents folder. I don’t backup every stuff under
- My working directory in the shortcut is of course: %HOME%
One handy advice: If you want to create a file or directory in Explorer with a dot in front, you might have trouble doing it. Put a dot after the name and it works. (
.emacs.d.). Weird but works. You can also use Emacs and
M-x make-directory. Or you buy the essential .
That’s all. Not much difference. Have fun.