Unable to Install due to permissions

Discussion in 'Windows 8 Support' started by Guardian, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. Guardian

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    I finally upgraded to Windows 8 and now I am already regretting it.

    I have installed a few games and programs that I had on my previous machine. Well, when I go to update any of them I get something saying I don't have permission to modify the files.

    So, what I have determined is that I can write to the Program Files folder, but I am unable to change anything once it gets there. So, no updates, no fixes, nothing.

    Yes, I have also used Run as Administrator and it does the same thing.

    This is really irritating, any help would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks in advance.
     
    Guardian, Mar 16, 2013
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    Try this first to see if it makes any difference .... go here
    Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\User Accounts\YourUserAccount
    Click the link that says "Change User Account Control Settings
    Drag the slider all the way down to the botton. Click OK
    A reboot is required.
    See if you can perform the updates to your programs.
    Remember to reset the slider when done, regardless whether the technique was successful or not.
    If that doesn't work you might try temporarily enabling the hidden administrator account
    From an elevated (administror's) command prompt, type:
    net user administrator /active:yes
    Log on as administrator and
    See if that helps with your issue.
    Remember to disable it once you are done
    net user administrator /active:no
    Keep us posted.
    Regards
    Randy
     
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    Sorry I haven't checked back in since you posted it but I have fixed my problem I a more roundabout way. I may try your advice anyway because I'm not sure if what I am doing is recommended or not.

    Since the problem seemed to be my Program Files folder which I have now confirmed, I started installing my new programs to a Programs folder I created in my user profile. Does anyone see any long-term ill-effects from this?
     
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    Glad to hear that you have managed to resolve your problem and thanks for posting back and letting us know.
    And, no.... there is no problem with the method you are using.
    I myself have a 256 gig SSD as my primary Operating System drive and I like to keep it clean and efficient so I created a folder structure on a second SATA III (spinner)
    D:\Program Files
    and
    D:\Program Files (x86)
    And all my programs are installed there along with all my Library pointers
    D:\Users\MyUserName
    And all my data.
    I find that in addition to keeping my OS drive cleaner it also helps simplifying my backups.
    Regards
    Randy
     
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