[Tex/LaTex] Installation of teXlive on Windows fails


I tried to install teXlive on my laptop running Windows 8.1.
After unpacking, I ran "install-tl-windows.bat". It seemed OK for most of the installation, but then I got this in the terminal (the log file is the same):

Installing [2321/3058, time/total: 01:06:55/01:24:53]: qsymbols [136k]
Installing [2322/3058, time/total: 01:06:57/01:24:55]: qtree [213k]
xzdec: (stdin): Unexpected end of input
tar: Only read 5840 bytes from archive C:\texlive\2015\temp\qtree.doc.tar
untar: untarring C:\texlive\2015\temp\qtree.doc.tar failed (in C:\texlive\2015\texmf-dist)
untarring C:\texlive\2015\temp\qtree.doc.tar failed, stopping install.
Installation failed.
Rerunning the installer will try to restart the installation.
Or you can restart by running the installer with:
  install-tl.bat --profile installation.profile [EXTRA-ARGS]

Notice that it failed close to the end, at package 2322/3058. My texlive folder is already 4.4GB. I tried reinstalling, it redownloaded everything, and failed again near the end. If there is any way to continue the installation from where it stopped, it would be great.

Best Answer

I've been facing the same problem since TeX Live 2015 was released last month (I have Windows 7 Pro 64-bit OS). I've tried installing it every week (in the hopes that there is a bug, which will be fixed in the weekly updates) but no luck. I tried installing it from different mirrors but again no luck. Finally, I was able to figure out a workaround yesterday. Here's what I did:

  1. Run install-tl-advanced.bat.
  2. In the TeX Live 2015 windows that opens up, under Basic Information...Selected Scheme, click on Change
  3. Select basic scheme (plain and latex) and click on Ok.
  4. Now Selected Scheme should show scheme-basic.
  5. Under Further Customization...Installation collections, it should now show 3 collections out of 48.
  6. Click on Install TeX Live.
  7. This installs a basic version of Tex Live (around 88 files).
  8. Once this is installed, open the Tex Live 2015 Manager and then install all the packages you want.

This worked perfectly for me and TeX Live 2015 is up and running on my computer. Hope this solves your problem.