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npm fails to update itself when run from extracted node archive distribution on windows

Still applies to the latest node (11.12)

What I Wanted to Do

npm included with node in its official archive distributions (zip 7z) should be able to update itself

What Happened Instead

update fails

npm ERR! path C:\tmp\node-v11.12.0-win-x64\npm.cmd
npm ERR! code EEXIST
npm ERR! Refusing to delete C:\tmp\node-v11.12.0-win-x64\npm.cmd: is outside C:\tmp\node-v11.12.0-win-x64\node_modules\npm and not a link
npm ERR! File exists: C:\tmp\node-v11.12.0-win-x64\npm.cmd
npm ERR! Move it away, and try again.

Reproduction Steps

  1. download and extract the latest node archive
  2. run npm update -g npm form the extracted folder


Platform Info

$ npm --versions

{ npm: '6.7.0',
  ares: '1.15.0',
  brotli: '1.0.7',
  cldr: '34.0',
  http_parser: '2.8.0',
  icu: '63.1',
  llhttp: '1.1.1',
  modules: '67',
  napi: '4',
  nghttp2: '1.34.0',
  node: '11.12.0',
  openssl: '1.1.1b',
  tz: '2018e',
  unicode: '11.0',
  uv: '1.26.0',
  v8: '',
  zlib: '1.2.11' }

$ node -p process.platform