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Windows 7: "Can create temp folder archive" on any .exe


04 May 2011   #1
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"Can't create temp folder archive" on any .exe

This is a PC which has it's Downloads User subfolder linked to Storage E, which seems functional except that now no .exe can be run without receiving the following error:

"Can create temp folder archive" on any .exe-capture.png

Strange that it refers to 7zip which is not the default program here for .zip files and the Firefox .exe being run in screenie is not a .zip; stranger still the error persists even when 7zip is uninstalled.

If you move the .exe to the root it will run fine, causing me to believe that either corruption or a recent change has caused installer to look for temp file on same partition as .exe.

Has a recent Update caused installer to look for temp folder on same partition? This could be a real problem for those who've linked User folders to storage partitions. Anyone else seen this?



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04 May 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

1st let me say this may be out of my box. I see a Default_ZIP regisrty entry in this Downloads folder. Should that be in there? Couldn't this folder be moved to the root without any problem.?
I'm interested due to my wanting to install a SSD with only the OS on it.
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04 May 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

That reg file is from Shawn's tutorial to restore default file associations. Yes, it will copy to C: root and run from either there or Downloads.

So far it is .exe program installers that will not install for want of a temp file.
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05 May 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I tried google and this thread came up first in results
Also found many others with the Firefox.exe and the 7zip error not able to create .tmp file. No one had an answer. There were some suggestions to check for badware though.
Help, maybe? It is from an old vista forum.
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05 May 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

Problem persists even after reimaging and reinstalling OS partition. When any .exe is attempted from the Downloads folder linked to E, it fails to create in the temp folder. If the same .exe is moved to C, it works fine.

Has there been some change made in an Update that will affect any linked User folders ability to run .exe's?

Here is another error given when attempting to run installers:
"Can create temp folder archive" on any .exe-capture.png


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05 May 2011   #6

 

What browser are you using to download the files?
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05 May 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

Both Firefox and IE9, but many of the executables are from way back and used often.
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05 May 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Sorry Greg my bag of ideas is empty.
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05 May 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

It's a tough one.

I wonder if Shawn has seen this before.
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05 May 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I used to get a similar message when I tried to save a download OR move a file/folder to a different location. A window came up and asked where I wanted to extract the items to. This stopped on its own however.
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