Assist user with bad install

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Howdy, I'm a total n00b, and not much of a programmer, although I can do some command-line stuff if necessary, I have no experience with Java.

Today I just tried to install PCGen 6.06, after foolhardily uninstalling my previous version 6.02 when I noticed an update. On first run PCGen 6.06 won't launch, it gives me an error "Could not find the main class: pgcen.system.Main. Program will exit."

When I try Googling this error, all I get is condescending screeds on help pages about how I should fix my Java. I don't want to mess with your guys' Java. I don't think it's a Java problem, I think it's a bad install. I downloaded the install package fresh and tried installing again, same result.

Can anyone tell me the fastest, most expedient way to get 6.06 working with this error?

I'm running Windows 10 Home 64-bit. I think my Java is updated, that's automatic, isn't it? The only unusual thing I do (that I think is relevant) is that I typically install all my programs on a secondary hard disk, F:/ instead of C:/, because F:/ is a solid state disk so my programs run faster that way. So it's possible there is some simple folder or pathway error that is preventing me from launching PCGen.

Update: I just tried installing it on C:/ instead of F:/ and get the same error.

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Kevin Wohlmut
August 14, 2016, 9:00 PM

Nope. Just tried installing from the ZIP file. Same result.

Yes, I am talking about a Windows install here.

Paul Grosse
August 15, 2016, 4:20 PM

This sounds like the Java 8u101 vs 8u102 issue that was reported. The version of java gotten from http://java.com/en/download/win10.jsp installs 8u101 which breaks how PCGen works on the exe (if you run the jar you are fine, minus the memory tweaks the exe does). If you download the 8u102 from Sun and install it it fixes the problem. http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jre8-downloads-2133155.html

Kevin Wohlmut
August 16, 2016, 10:53 PM

Thank you for following up – I've been too busy to try this but I will post a comment here once I get the chance.

Kevin Wohlmut
September 5, 2016, 5:41 PM

As predicted, installing the alternate form of Java seems to have fixed the problem. (We skipped a couple of games so I didn't even have time to try this until the holiday.)

Thank you very much!

Andrew Maitland
September 5, 2016, 5:44 PM

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