Installing Exploratory when you don’t have admin privilege on your Windows machine

When installing Exploratory on Windows, if you don’t have admin privilege on your Windows, you will not be able to install R and Git, which are 2 softwares Exploratory depends on, under usual Program Files directory.

In such case, there are 2 ways to go on to install Exploratory.

  1. Ask the administrator to install required version of R and Git. As of May 2018, the latest Exploratory 4.3 requires the following versions of Git and R. If the right versions of Git and R are already installed under Program Files directory, Exploratory will make use of it.
    • Git : Version 2.0 or later.
    • R : Version 3.4.3 or 3.4.4.
  2. Install Git and R under your home directory, where you should have privilege to do so.

If you are to install Git and R under your home directory, here is the step-by-step instraction of installing Exploratory that way.

Step-by-Step Instruction for Installing Exploratory with Git and R under Your Home Directory

Double-click Exploratory.exe in Exploratory folder created by expanding the downloaded Exploratory.zip file. After login, you will see installer screen that looke like following. Click Start Setup button.

Installers for Git and R are automatically downloaded, and after a while, you will see Git installer popping up like following. Click Next button.

The default location to install Git is suggested like following. Here, if you don’t have admin privilege, Git installer suggests installing it at somewhere under AppData directory. But we don’t recommend installing Git here to make it work with Exploratory.

Instead of taking the default suggestion, specify Git directory right under your home directory, like following. (“hayas” is my username here. Please replace it with your username.)

Then, keep clicking Next button a few times, and installation process starts like this.

When it finishes, click Finish button.

Now that Git installation is done, R installer comes up like the following.

If you don’t have admin privilege, the installer shows a warning screen like this. As far as making R work with Exploratory goes, this is not an issue. Click Next.

Then, R installer will suggest somewhere under OneDrive or Documents directory. We don’t recommend installing R here either to make it work with Exploratory.

Let’s specify R-3.4.3 directory under your home directory instead. Then, click Next.

After clicking a few more Next buttons, installation process will start.

When R installation is done, a screen like following shows up. Click Finish.

R installer will disappear, and on Exploratory’s installer screen, this dialog will come up. Here we need to specify the locations where we installed Git and R previously.

Click Select Directory button, and select Git directory under your home directory, where we installed Git. Click Upload.

Now, click Select Directory for R too, and select R/R-3.4.3 directory, where we installed R. Click Upload.

Now the installer screen should look like this with the directories we specified. Click OK.

Installation of R packages, which is the last step of installation of Exploratory, starts like the following screenshot.

When the installation of R packages is done, Projects page of Exploratory shows up like this. Installation of Exploratory is done now!