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Why does MATLAB hang when trying to start on Windows Vista or Windows 7?

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Cannot start MATLAB on windows Vista. MATLAB hangs at the splash screen.

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MathWorks Support Team
MathWorks Support Team on 23 Aug 2010
This occurs because MATLAB is unable to generate the preferences directory needed to start MATLAB. You will need to manually create the preferences folder for the MATLAB version:
The directory is:
C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Roaming\MathWorks\MATLAB\<version>
Example: C:\Users\jdoe\AppData\Roaming\MathWorks\MATLAB\R2007a
Once this folder has been created, start MATLAB once again, as it should now open successfully.

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