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Issue testing the Creo Parametric Toolkit Installation


Issue testing the Creo Parametric Toolkit Installation

As a disclaimer I'm new to this and already not familiar with computers in this sense, so I could be missing something very basic.


I am getting an error when I try to build the make_install visual studio file. I think it is due to the environment variable PROE_INSTALL_PATH having an incorrect script but it looks correct to me.


I've set the variable path to C:\Program~Files\PTC\Creo~2.0\Parametric\, as it says to set to the parametric installation directory.


When I build make_install from MS Visual C++ 2010 Express I receive the following error:


1>------ Build started: Project: make_install, Configuration: Debug Win32 ------


1> Microsoft (R) Program Maintenance Utility Version 10.00.30319.01

1> Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.


1>NMAKE : fatal error U1073: don't know how to make 'C:\PTC\Creo~2.0\Parametric\\protoolkit/protk_appls/pt_install_test/pt_install_src/TestInstall.c'

1> Stop.

1>C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\Microsoft.Cpp\v4.0\Microsoft.MakeFile.Targets(38,5): error MSB3073: The command "nmake /f make_install dll" exited with code 2.

========== Build: 0 succeeded, 1 failed, 0 up-to-date, 0 skipped ==========


Why is the path using forward slashes after protoolkit? That part is automatically generated, so to me there is no way it can create a valid path..


I tried switching the variable path to: C:/Program~Files/PTC/Creo~2.0/Parametric/


but all that did was reverse the error to read: 'C:/PTC/Creo~2.0/Parametric//protoolkit\protk_appls\pt_install_test\pt_install_src\TestInstall.c'


What's the deal with this? Any help to get this working would be greatly appreciated.




I am having this exact same problem. Does anyone have a solution for this problem?

This may be a bit late, but I had this same problem and fixed it today. It turns out that my environment variable PROE_INSTALL_PATH was not set corrrectly.

It needs to be set to the installDir/Common Files\Mxxx folder using the DOS short name. My environment variable now looks like this: C:\PTC_Test\Creo2\COMMON~1\M070 - yours may be different.

Alternative Method:

Set the PROE_INSTALL_PATH to one folder above the protoolkit folder (usually the same as above). Still use the DOS short name. The compiler can then find the folders it needs.


To find your DOS short name:

  • Open a cmd window
  • CD to the install Dir\Common Files\Mxxx folder
  • Type: for %I in (.) do echo %~sI
  • You will now see your DOS short name in the cmd window
  • Copy it into your environment variable PROE_INSTALL_PATH value


this process is also is not working. I'm still getting the above mentioned error. 


I know this might sound silly.

In Creo, Tools tab, Utilities, Open System Window, then type set

Does your PROE_INSTALL_PATH include the ~'s  like you have shown (C:\Program~Files\PTC\Creo~2.0\Parametric\)

or does it look contain spaces like this C:\Program Files\PTC\Creo 2.0\Parametric\


I haven't used MS Visual C++ 2010 Express so I am not familiar if it requires ~'s for spaces.

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