[R] Upadating windows shortcuts after upgrade

Gabor Grothendieck ggrothendieck at gmail.com
Mon Apr 10 15:08:49 CEST 2006

If you are using XP then create a shortcut to Rgui.bat, which
can be found in:


0.2-7 is the most recent.  When you install R it saves in the registry
the R version and Rgui.bat looks that up and runs that version thereby
giving you the last version you installed.

Rcmd.bat, also in batchfiles, does the same for running R from the
command line.

You can use Rversion.bat (or the gui version of that: Rversion.hta),
both from batchfiles as well, to change which version you want
it to use in the case that you have multiple versions of R on your

There are also a number of other tools in the batchfiles collection
that can be of use in administering R on XP.  The README in
batchfiles has more info.

On 4/10/06, Ales Ziberna <aleszib at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear R users,
> I was just wondering, if anybody has a simple solution to the following
> problem:
> I have just installed R 2.2.1 next to R 2.1.1 (in different folder, of
> course) (but the versions do not really matter) on WinXP.
> I have different R projects in different folders and in each folder, I
> have (among all other things) ".Rdata" file, ".Rhistory" file and a an
> "R 2.1.1" shortcut, which has the folder in which it is as a start
> (working) folder.
> What I would like to to now (after installing a new version) is to copy
> each shortcut, rename the copy to "R 2.2.1" and change the target
> program from R 2.1.1 to R 2.2.1. I would like to do this automtically
> for all R 2.1.1 shortcuts on my computer.
> Thanks in advance for any ideas!
> Best regards,
> Ales Ziberna
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