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Windows 7: Installing as any user does not have privileges

22 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Installing as any user does not have privileges

Guys I would really appreciate any help you can offer me.

My user account is an admin, but I was told Win 7 (Pro x64) has a disabled admin account as well. I enabled this account and even when logged in as that, I am getting errors that have to do with access levels.

"The installer does not have the privileges for [folder location]" I know Computers very well, but I admit I know next to nothing about permissions. I did add my user account to the ADMINISTRATORS group, but this has done nothing for me.

When I check the SECURITY on the folder in question, it says the ADMINISTRATORS group only has SPECIAL rights. I don't know what that means, but if you guys could help me, it would really save me a lot of frustration.

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22 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Welcome!

Specifically what folder are you trying to access?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Thanks for the welcome.

In this case (and as what was with most cases when I researched this on Google), it happens when you are installing/uninstalling/repairing programs. In this case, I was installing the 64-bit version of ESET Smart Security 4, and it was installing into C:\Program Files\ESET.
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22 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Did you do an Upgrade from Vista or a clean install?
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22 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

My machine was custom created from a 3rd party. It is installed as a clean OEM copy. This particular PC has never had any other OS on it. I've had it since 11/25/2009, and the problem has only recently started.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

How recently did the problem arise? Would a system restore help?

You may also try taking ownership of the folder.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

By what I've seen, solution-wise, taking ownership sounds like it would fix the problem (I have not performed that action yet)

I come from a strong background in Windows XP Pro, and when you are a system administrator of the local PC, there is almost nothing you can't do (especially things as simple as installing software) Though I like Windows 7's features and usability boosts, their permission's management seems a lot more intricate and difficult.

My user account is a member of the ADMINISTRATORS GROUP. You'd think giving that group FULL CONTROL on that folder would be enough.... but the permissions are seemingly greyed out where I can't change them, just seem them; and the ADMINISTRATORS group has "SPECIAL" permissions (I have no idea what that means).
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22 Jan 2010   #8

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Aegis View Post
Thanks for the welcome.

In this case (and as what was with most cases when I researched this on Google), it happens when you are installing/uninstalling/repairing programs. In this case, I was installing the 64-bit version of ESET Smart Security 4, and it was installing into C:\Program Files\ESET.
Anytime you install repair or rmove an app a special group called trusted insstallers own it. You either have to take ownership or add yourself to the trusted installers group.

Let us know if you need help


Ken
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jan 2010   #9

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I DID see a Trusted Installers group, but I had never seen this group before, so I left it alone. If you can help me take ownership or become a part of that group so that I can install/uninstall programs in my computer, that sounds like it would be a solution.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jan 2010   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Use the link I posted above to take ownership.
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