Well, installing BIRT is a no-brainer. Just download the BIRT All-in-one from eclipse.org and unzip it. Very simple, right? Prepare for a little bit of surprise when you do it in Windows Vista. While trying to unzip on my Windows Vista computer, Vista displayed the following error.
The source file name(s) are larger than is supported by the file system. Try moving to a location which has a shorter path name or try renaming to shorter name(s) before attempting this operation".
This error occurs due to 255 character limit on file names and C:\users\administrator\downloads\birt-report-designer-all-in-one-2_2_2.zip takes about 75 characters! This does not leave much room for the files within the zip causing the above error.
The solution is very simple. Rename the zip file to something like b.zip and move it up to the root directory (C:\). Now try extracting it, it works like a charm.
And, don’t ask me how the heck this worked in Windows XP and NOT in Vista? J