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Windows 7: An error has occurred. Not all the features were successfully changed.

13 Jun 2011   #1

Windows 7 x64
An error has occurred. Not all the features were successfully changed.

I am not sure about the location of this treat, oh well.
This is a possible solution to the following error:
An error has occurred. Not all of the features were successfully changed.
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I noticed this error had something to do with the creation of the \$$PendingFiles folders in the roots of some partitions. If the error occurs only when changing features located at the “Program Files” folder, this is likely to be the problem.

The error above will almost always appear when there are files left in this folder (most of the times located at C:\$$PendingFiles) If you want to get rid of this error, this folder MUST be empty. To get the folder empty you will need to take ownership/full permission of the (hidden) folder AND ALL OF IT’S CONTENT. Just rightclick the folder, chose properties and play with the security tab until you can delete the files.

It is possible the problem occurred because something else is wrong with your system; the files are not normally left in this folder. If this is the case, you will need to fix the other issue before your problem will be solved, try “sfc /scannow” or try this: Description of the System Update Readiness Tool for Windows Vista, for Windows Server 2008, for Windows 7, and for Windows Server 2008 R2.

Did you move the “Program Files” folder? It is not very likely as this is for advanced users only (and very buggy). I on the other hand move a bunch of folders, including “Program Files”, to a different partition and left a symbolic link for compatibility reasons. Turns out that part of the system will make/read the C:\$$PendingFiles, a different part of the system will check the same folder located at the partition containing the “Program Files” folder. To get this fixed you will need to make sure both folders are empty, delete de folder at the system partition (C:\), keep the one on the partition containing “Program Files” and create a symbolic link C:\$$PendingFiles (or replace C by your system partition), make the symbolic link point to the $$PendingFiles folder on the “Program Files partition”.

If you did this right you will have 1 EMPTY folder $$PendingFiles on the partition CONTAINING “Program Files” and 1 symlink on the systemdrive pointing to this folder. For me, this fixed the problem.

Long story short: If you experience this error, do not only try the fixes suggested by MS, but make sure you play with the $$PendingFiles folder as well. KEEP IT EMPTY.



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