[R] Make R 3.0 open .RData files

Jeff Newmiller jdnewmil at dcn.davis.CA.us
Thu Apr 25 18:38:50 CEST 2013

a) See FAQ 2.17

b) Methods for configuring operating systems are off topic here. I will say there is a REGEDIT program in Windows, but there are potential permissions complications (you may not have them) and possible collateral damage (don't touch it if you don't understand it) that mean you should study up on this topic with an appropriate resource (book, forum, expert, system administrator, etc.) before attempting it.
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Dimitri Liakhovitski <dimitri.liakhovitski at gmail.com> wrote:

>Brian, how do I remove the relevant old Registry entries?
>Thank you!
>On Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 10:29 AM, Prof Brian Ripley
><ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk>wrote:
>> On 25/04/2013 14:00, Duncan Murdoch wrote:
>>> On 13-04-25 8:33 AM, Dimitri Liakhovitski wrote:
>>>> Hello!
>>>> I have Windows 7 Enterprise and two versions of R installed: 2.15.3
>>>> 3.0.0.
>>>> Before I had R 3.0 I made it a setting that all .RData files - when
>>>> double-click on them - were opened by R 2.15.3.
>>>> Now I want them to be opened by R 3.0 instead of R 2.15.3 (but I
>>>> want
>>>> to remove R 2.15.3. yet).
>>>> I right-click on some .RData file, select "Open with" - "Choose
>>>> program" and then click on "Browse".
>>>> I browse to the folder where my R 3.0 is installed, then to the
>>>> "bin", then to the folder "x64" and select "Rgui.exe".
>>>> However, when R opens - or after I shut R down and then
>double-click on
>>>> some .RData file and R opens, it is again R 2.15.3, not R3.0.
>>>> What am I doing wrong?
>>>> Of course, when I open R 3.0 directly, then it opens no problem.
>>> This is really a question about Windows 7, not about R, but I would
>>> guess you aren't telling it to make your choice permanent, or
>>> you are not allowed by your administrator to make permanent changes
>>> file associations.  You should ask for local help.
>> We've encountered this for our student accounts, and think it is a
>bug in
>> Windows 7.  If you remove the relevant old Registry entries first it
>> work.
>> --
>> Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
>> Professor of Applied Statistics, 
>> University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
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