[WriteLog] Need advice on Writelog installation conventions on Windows 7

Dick Green WC1M wc1m73 at gmail.com
Thu Jul 4 14:03:08 EDT 2013

Very interesting. My copy of WL is in C:\ C:\Program Files(x86). It has
always worked flawlessly from there (almost), but Writelog.ini is setup to
put all configuration files in a folder on my data drive. 

The "(almost)" is that I've never been able to get WL to save recorded
messages on Windows 7. Troubleshooting that has been on my to-do list for
years (good thing I don't do phone contests from home!) Maybe moving it to
C:\ham will help.

73, Dick WC1M
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jim N7US [mailto:jim at n7us.net]
> Sent: Wednesday, July 03, 2013 9:24 PM
> To: writelog at contesting.com
> Subject: Re: [WriteLog] Need advice on Writelog installation conventions
> on Windows 7
> I originally allowed Windows 7 to install WL in the C:\Program Files
> (x86) folder but later uninstalled it and reinstalled it in
> C:\Ham\Writelog to get away from Windows 7 User Account Control.
> I have all ham programs installed in subfolders of C:\Ham, and that's
> worked well.
> 73, Jim N7US
> -----Original Message-----
> Rick,
> I don't believe Writelog will work properly when installed in c:\program
> files under Win7. Something about write protected file locations?
> Isn't there a start menu choice to edit writelog.ini? I'm pretty sure I
> have one, but we may have different versions of Writelog.
> Best Regards, Eric W1EL
> On 7/3/2013 7:35 PM, Rick Tavan N6XI wrote:
> > With the advent of Windows 7, my Writelog installation has become very
> > cumbersome. Windows wants programs installed in c:\Program Files but
> > Writelog insists on installing itself in c:\ham (where it started out
> > a decade ago). Even Uninstall/Reinstall still ends up putting Writelog
> > into c:\ham. Writelog's Convert CTY utility, however, now stores its
> > output in c:\ProgramData\Writelog but Writelog looks in
> > c:\ham\Programs for the files. Convert CTY and Writelog | Web Update
> > Data Files no longer work if the current user is not an administrator,
> > so I have to switch user to run the utility or to use the internal
> > function. Then, I have to move the output files from the utility from
> > c:\ProgramData\Writelog to c:\ham\Programs. Finally, writelog.ini is
> > now stored in a shadow folder that imitates what used to be c:\Windows
> > which is now off limits to civilian programs, so I have to create a
> > shortcut to that weird location which isn't the same weird location as
> > it was with Windows XP.  I suspect Writelog can be installed more
> > closely in accord with Windows 7 conventions and its utilities and
> > functions may work more intuitively, but so far I've been unable to
> > break away from c:\ham. Uninstall/Reinstall doesn't help (here). Does
> > anyone know a safe way to "get with the program?" Perhaps copying a
> > variety of files into a non-Writelog place, uninstall/reinstall, tweak
> > the
> Registry, stuff like that?
> >
> > "I really want to be normal!"
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Rick
> >

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