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{{note|Perhaps actual developers should summarize status of KDE4 on Windows here, while we encourage users to describe their experiences on the [[Talk:{{PAGENAME}}|Talk page?]]}}
 
{{note|Perhaps actual developers should summarize status of KDE4 on Windows here, while we encourage users to describe their experiences on the [[Talk:{{PAGENAME}}|Talk page?]]}}
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You can also use the KDE Installer for Windows to install source code and the packages that you need to ''build'' KDE4 on Windows
 
You can also use the KDE Installer for Windows to install source code and the packages that you need to ''build'' KDE4 on Windows
 
(although if you are building KDE4 on Windows you may prefer to use the emerge system to build KDE and its requirements from latest source);
 
(although if you are building KDE4 on Windows you may prefer to use the emerge system to build KDE and its requirements from latest source);
see [[Getting Started/Build/KDE4/Windows]].
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see [[Getting Started/Build/Windows]].
  
  
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=== Download needed packages ===
 
=== Download needed packages ===
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|[[File:installer-001.png|600px|left|]]
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[[File:installer-001.png|600px]]
|When you run KDE-installer for the first time, you'll see the welcome screen. Since it's your first launch leave the checkbox below unchecked.  
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When you run KDE-installer for the first time, you'll see the welcome screen. Since it's your first launch leave the checkbox below unchecked.
|[[File:installer-002.png|600px|left|]]
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|Proceed to the next screen, where you choose the KDE4 installation directory. It can be anything you prefer, e.g. C:\KDE4.
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[[File:installer-002.png|600px]]
|[[File:installer-003.png|600px|left|]]
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|On the next screen, define who you are: End User or Developer. The End User installation installs only binary packages and libraries needed to run KDE application. Package Manager mode provides you also with the source code for all packages needed to build KDE from scratch. <br/>  Then you need to decide what compiler to use - MinGW or MSVC.
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Proceed to the next screen, where you choose the KDE4 installation directory. It can be anything you prefer, e.g. C:\KDE4.
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|[[File:installer-004.png|600px|left|]]
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|Proceed to the next screen and there choose the directory where all the downloaded packages will be stored. Let it be something like C:\KDE4-tmp or C:\KDE4-packages.
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[[File:installer-003.png|600px]]
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|[[File:installer-005.png|600px|left|]]
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On the next screen, define who you are: End User or Developer. The End User installation installs only binary packages and libraries needed to run KDE application. Package Manager mode provides you also with the source code for all packages needed to build KDE from scratch. <br/>  Then you need to decide what compiler to use - MinGW or MSVC.
|The next screen will ask you to choose your internet connection type, particularly whether or not you're using a proxy. If you don't use a proxy server, just click 'Next'. If you are unsure of whether you're using proxy or if you have web browser configured to work with it properly, choose the second or the third option, according to your favourite web-browser. If you'd like to set all the settings manually - choose the last option and go ahead.
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|[[File:installer-006.png|600px|left|]]
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[[File:installer-004.png|600px]]
|When you click the 'Next' button the (currently, rather short) list of available servers will be loaded and you could choose the one closest to you.
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Proceed to the next screen and there choose the directory where all the downloaded packages will be stored. Let it be something like C:\KDE4-tmp or C:\KDE4-packages.
|[[File:installer-007.png|600px|left|]]
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|When you click 'Next', a list of available releases on the selected server will be shown. Depending on the server there may be stable and/or unstable release available. Some unstable releases may only be available from www.winkde.org because the kde mirrors provides only a limited range of unstable releases.  
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[[File:installer-005.png|600px]]
|[[File:installer-008.png|600px|left|]]
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<br/>
|After selecting a release an a click on the 'Next' button, the list of all available packages will be loaded and processed, providing you with the list of package groups you can select for further installation. The short description next to each group of packages should make your choice easier. Select the packages you need. Proceed to the next screen.
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The next screen will ask you to choose your internet connection type, particularly whether or not you're using a proxy. If you don't use a proxy server, just click 'Next'. If you are unsure of whether you're using proxy or if you have web browser configured to work with it properly, choose the second or the third option, according to your favourite web-browser. If you'd like to set all the settings manually - choose the last option and go ahead.
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|[[File:installer-009.png|600px|left|]]
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|Here you can see all the required dependencies, or software necessary to support the choices you've made. Click 'Next' to download them all.
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[[File:installer-006.png|600px]]
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|[[File:installer-0010.png|600px|left|]]\
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When you click the 'Next' button the (currently, rather short) list of available servers will be loaded and you could choose the one closest to you.
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<br/>
|- valign="top"
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<br/>
|[[File:installer-011.png|600px|left|]]
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[[File:installer-007.png|600px]]
|After all the packages are downloaded they'll be unpacked and processed by the installer.  
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<br/>
|- valign="top"
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When you click 'Next', a list of available releases on the selected server will be shown. Depending on the server there may be stable and/or unstable release available. Some unstable releases may only be available from www.winkde.org because the kde mirrors provides only a limited range of unstable releases.  
|[[File:installer-012.png|600px|left|]]
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|The final window will tell that your KDE installation for Windows is complete.
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[[File:installer-008.png|600px]]
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After selecting a release an a click on the 'Next' button, the list of all available packages will be loaded and processed, providing you with the list of package groups you can select for further installation. The short description next to each group of packages should make your choice easier. Select the packages you need. Proceed to the next screen.
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[[File:installer-009.png|600px]]
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Here you can see all the required dependencies, or software necessary to support the choices you've made. Click 'Next' to download them all.
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[[File:installer-010.png|600px]]
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[[File:installer-011.png|600px]]
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After all the packages are downloaded they'll be unpacked and processed by the installer.  
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[[File:installer-012.png|600px]]
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The final window will tell that your KDE installation for Windows is complete.
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=== Issues with KDE Installer for Windows ===
 
=== Issues with KDE Installer for Windows ===
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The first KDE program you run should automatically invoke <tt>kdeinit4.exe</tt>, the KDE initialization app,
 
The first KDE program you run should automatically invoke <tt>kdeinit4.exe</tt>, the KDE initialization app,
 
which starts background KDE applications and services like dbus-daemon, klauncher and kded4.
 
which starts background KDE applications and services like dbus-daemon, klauncher and kded4.
 
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http://techbase.kde.org/Projects/KDE_on_Windows/Installation
 
The first time you save or open, another background application, kioslave, will start.
 
The first time you save or open, another background application, kioslave, will start.
  
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You can run <tt>kdeinit4 --list</tt> from a command prompt to see what processes are running. <tt>kdeinit4</tt> has other useful options documented elsewhere.
 
You can run <tt>kdeinit4 --list</tt> from a command prompt to see what processes are running. <tt>kdeinit4</tt> has other useful options documented elsewhere.
  
== Fine-tuning ==
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==   Fine-tuning ==
=== Common step: editing the kdeglobals file ===
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Find some useful information on how to modify the behavior of KDE applications [[../Fine-tuning|here]].
Unless otherwise stated you make all the setting changes below by editing the <tt>kdeglobals</tt> file in the directory <tt>%APPDATA%\.kde\share\config\</tt> with any text editor (such as kwrite).
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(Note that for versions older than 4.0.85 the file is in <tt>%USERPROFILE%\.kde\share\config\kdeglobals</tt>.)
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%APPDATA% (and %USERPROFILE%) is different for different Windows users/versions/locales; in a command prompt, entering the command <b><tt>cd %APPDATA%</tt></b> will switch to it, effectively telling you what it is.
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===Set Oxygen style for widgets===
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The default KDE widget style on Windows is the native one. The Oxygen style installs with basic KDE installation (as a plugin library %KDEROOT%\lib\kde4\plugins\styles\oxygen.dll), so it can be used as well. To set it for a single user:
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# edit kdeglobals
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#locate the General section (a line containing the text "[General]"). If there is no General section, create one.
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#Within the General section ([General]), edit the line containing <tt>widgetStyle=....</tt> so that it reads <tt>widgetStyle=oxygen</tt>.  If there is no such <tt>widgetStyle=...</tt> line, create it.
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Newly started applications should be displayed with the Oxygen style now.
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===Set Tahoma (Windows default font) for widgets===
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To set it for a single user:
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# edit kdeglobals
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#locate the General section (a line containing the text "[General]"). If there is no General section, create one.
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#Within the General section ([General]), add these two lines:
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<tt>font=Tahoma<br/>
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menuFont=Tahoma</tt>
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Newly started applications should use this font now.
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<b>Note</b>: this works for any font you have installed.
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===Change the mouse to Double Click===
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To change the mouse to use double click:
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#Add a new section with a line:<br>
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<tt>[KDE]<br>
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SingleClick=false</tt><br><br>
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Newly started applications (Dolphin and Konqueror) should use double click now.
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===Change locale and country settings===
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To change locale setting:
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#Add a new section with the line:<br>
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<tt>[Locale]<br>
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Country=**<br>
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Language=**</tt><br><br>
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Replace ** with your lowercase [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_3166-1_alpha-2 alpha-2 country code], e.g. pl for Poland; of course, you need to install your  language localization package.
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===Change native/KDE file dialogs===
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To chose native or KDE file dialog:
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#Add a new section with the lines:<br/>
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<tt> [KFileDialog Settings]<br/>
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Native=false</tt><br/><br/>
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== Status ==
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Using kdewin-installer-gui-0.9.3.exe to install 4.1.3 packages:
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* starting a KDE program correctly starts dbus-daemon.exe
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* many games run
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* choosing File > Open correctly starts klauncher.exe, kioslave.exe and kded4.exe, and runs kbuildsycoca4.exe as needed.
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* Full-text search in khelpcenter does not work because Perl scripts are disabled.
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* Many applications have a generic icon in Windows Explorer.
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* Multimedia support should work, although video support might be missing (from the backend)
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General notes:
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* There are many other KDE programs that are not part of KDE 4.0.0 and are not currently packaged for MS Windows.
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* By design, KDE-windows does not provide the full-blown KDE desktop, a preview on the plasma shell replacement will be available in 4.1.2 - Nevertheless this does not rely on kwin/X11 which means that desktop effects are not available
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* Some KDE programs use UNIX-specific features, such as konsole's use of pseudo-terminals, and thus are difficult (read: currently impossible) to port to MS Windows.
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=== Package status and contents ===
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{| border="0" cellpadding="2"
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!package
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!status
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!contains applications
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|-valign="top"
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|amarok
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|packaged
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|Amarok music player
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|-valign="top"
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|Digikam
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|packaged
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|Photo management
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|-valign="top"
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|kdebase-apps
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|packaged
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|Konqueror, Dolphin, KWrite, folderview etc.
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|-valign="top"
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|kdebase-workspace
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|packaged
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|Plasma, Wallpapers, Solid, etc.
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|-valign="top"
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|kdeedu
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|packaged
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|Marble, Parley, KStars, KHangman, etc.
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|-valign="top"
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|kdegames
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|packaged
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|Kgoldrunner, Kpat, KMahjongg, etc.
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|-valign="top"
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|kdegraphics
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|packaged
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|Okular, kolourpaint, gwenview, etc.
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|-valign="top"
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|kdemultimedia
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|packaged
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|JuK, etc.
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|-valign="top"
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|kdenetwork
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|packaged
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|Kopete, KGet, etc.
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|-valign="top"
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|kdepim
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|not packaged
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|KMail, AKregator, etc.
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|-valign="top"
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|kdesdk
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|packaged
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|Kate, Umbrello, etc.
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|-valign="top"
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|kdetoys
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|packaged
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|KTeatime, etc.
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|-valign="top"
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|kdeutils
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|packaged
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|KGpg, KWallet, Okteta, etc.
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|-valign="top"
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|koffice
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|packaged
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|KWord, Krita, Karbon, etc. (Beta 3)
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|-valign="top"
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|ktorrent
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|packaged
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|the KTorrent utility
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|-valign="top"
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|konversation
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|packaged
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|the KDE IRC client (alpha 3)
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[[Category: MS Windows]]
 
[[Category: MS Windows]]

Latest revision as of 23:11, 9 June 2013


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Note
Perhaps actual developers should summarize status of KDE4 on Windows here, while we encourage users to describe their experiences on the Talk page?

Contents

[edit] KDE Installer for Windows

You can use this installer to download and install the various binary packages that you need to run KDE applications on MS Windows. KDE is free and open source so you can build all the applications "from scratch" from their source code; but as a convenience for others, volunteers create these pre-compiled packages and make them available on the Internet.

Disclaimer These are early days for KDE4 on Windows, some programs work better than others and some fail to run altogether.

If you experience any problems please have a look into our mailing list.

You can also use the KDE Installer for Windows to install source code and the packages that you need to build KDE4 on Windows (although if you are building KDE4 on Windows you may prefer to use the emerge system to build KDE and its requirements from latest source); see Getting Started/Build/Windows.


[edit] Summary of Steps

  • Download and save the latest version of the installer from here to a directory, e.g. C:\KDE4
  • Run the installer, download and install what you need (see Download needed packages below).
  • Try to run a KDE application from the windows start menu (see for KDE x.x.x Release entry)

[edit] Download needed packages



Installer-001.png
When you run KDE-installer for the first time, you'll see the welcome screen. Since it's your first launch leave the checkbox below unchecked.

Installer-002.png
Proceed to the next screen, where you choose the KDE4 installation directory. It can be anything you prefer, e.g. C:\KDE4.

Installer-003.png
On the next screen, define who you are: End User or Developer. The End User installation installs only binary packages and libraries needed to run KDE application. Package Manager mode provides you also with the source code for all packages needed to build KDE from scratch.
Then you need to decide what compiler to use - MinGW or MSVC.

Installer-004.png
Proceed to the next screen and there choose the directory where all the downloaded packages will be stored. Let it be something like C:\KDE4-tmp or C:\KDE4-packages.

Installer-005.png
The next screen will ask you to choose your internet connection type, particularly whether or not you're using a proxy. If you don't use a proxy server, just click 'Next'. If you are unsure of whether you're using proxy or if you have web browser configured to work with it properly, choose the second or the third option, according to your favourite web-browser. If you'd like to set all the settings manually - choose the last option and go ahead.

Installer-006.png
When you click the 'Next' button the (currently, rather short) list of available servers will be loaded and you could choose the one closest to you.

Installer-007.png
When you click 'Next', a list of available releases on the selected server will be shown. Depending on the server there may be stable and/or unstable release available. Some unstable releases may only be available from www.winkde.org because the kde mirrors provides only a limited range of unstable releases.

Installer-008.png
After selecting a release an a click on the 'Next' button, the list of all available packages will be loaded and processed, providing you with the list of package groups you can select for further installation. The short description next to each group of packages should make your choice easier. Select the packages you need. Proceed to the next screen.

Installer-009.png
Here you can see all the required dependencies, or software necessary to support the choices you've made. Click 'Next' to download them all.

Installer-010.png
Installer-011.png
After all the packages are downloaded they'll be unpacked and processed by the installer.

Installer-012.png
The final window will tell that your KDE installation for Windows is complete.

[edit] Issues with KDE Installer for Windows

If something goes wrong during installation, for example a file can't be replaced because it is still in use, the installer may still report successful completion. If you see any alert or failure message from the installer, when it completes, quit and re-run it.
If that didn't help and you think it's a bug, please report to [1]

[edit] Testing your installation

Navigate to the bin directory.

See if you can run the Qt program assistant.exe. Qt programs have fewer dependencies than a full-blown KDE application.

If that works, try running a simple KDE application, such as lskat.exe from the kdegames package.

Look into your start menu: there will be a new entry KDE 4.XX.XX Release. Below that folder you can find all the apps you installed.

[edit] Startup, shutdown, and diagnosing problems

The first KDE program you run should automatically invoke kdeinit4.exe, the KDE initialization app, which starts background KDE applications and services like dbus-daemon, klauncher and kded4. http://techbase.kde.org/Projects/KDE_on_Windows/Installation The first time you save or open, another background application, kioslave, will start.

These background KDE applications and services remain running after you close KDE applications. If you want you can shut them down by running kdeinit4 --terminate from a command prompt.

You can run kdeinit4 --list from a command prompt to see what processes are running. kdeinit4 has other useful options documented elsewhere.

[edit] Fine-tuning

Find some useful information on how to modify the behavior of KDE applications here.


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