I am having issues installing Blender 2.75a. (I uninstalled 2.74 previously, so I started with no installed version.) I first tried the .msi. The install wizard seemed to finish, but Blender was not installed. The folder I installed to (the default one) was empty, and Blender was not in my Programs list. So I tried the .zip version, which unzipped and ran perfectly. However, I am unable to associate .blend files with it because Blender still isn’t in the programs list. Choosing “open with” and browsing to blender.exe does nothing. I can open .blend files by running the .exe and doing file -> open, but that’s a PITA.
So I installed 2.74 again (without removing 2.75a). And suddenly I can open .blend files with either 2.74 or 2.75. I uninstalled 2.74, and I’m back to only being able to open via file -> open.
Long story short, I can’t directly open .blend files in 2.75 unless 2.74 is also installed, and the .msi version doesn’t install at all. What is going on?
I’m running Windows 8, using 64-bit Blender.