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Windows 7: My PC wont let me uninstall, or install files.


07 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 
My PC wont let me uninstall, or install files.

I hope this is the right section, I've never really used forums before. Anyways, I recently noticed that my PC is not being very cooperative, it's not letting me open installers, or uninstallers, some files it wont let me edit them or move them because I don't have permission. Some files wont even let me do things in them, or edit them. I am the admin of the PC, so this is obviously not right. I tried running a virus scan in comodo antivirus, but now it's messing up and not scanning when I want it to (This may or may not be related to the permission problem) So does anyone know what I should do? I'm seriously out of ideas on how to fix this.

Thanks!


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07 Jul 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by KrisPwnz View Post
I hope this is the right section, I've never really used forums before. Anyways, I recently noticed that my PC is not being very cooperative, it's not letting me open installers, or uninstallers, some files it wont let me edit them or move them because I don't have permission. Some files wont even let me do things in them, or edit them. I am the admin of the PC, so this is obviously not right. I tried running a virus scan in comodo antivirus, but now it's messing up and not scanning when I want it to (This may or may not be related to the permission problem) So does anyone know what I should do? I'm seriously out of ideas on how to fix this.

Thanks!

Hello there!

On Windows 7 due to UAC restrictions what ever admin task you do you have to elevate it. i.e. You have to right click on the Program or Installer file and Run as administrator. Certain file you need to take ownership to rename to manage it. But don't do that for system file because there is a reason why those files are restricted.
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07 Jul 2011   #3

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Capt.Jack Sparrow View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by KrisPwnz View Post
I hope this is the right section, I've never really used forums before. Anyways, I recently noticed that my PC is not being very cooperative, it's not letting me open installers, or uninstallers, some files it wont let me edit them or move them because I don't have permission. Some files wont even let me do things in them, or edit them. I am the admin of the PC, so this is obviously not right. I tried running a virus scan in comodo antivirus, but now it's messing up and not scanning when I want it to (This may or may not be related to the permission problem) So does anyone know what I should do? I'm seriously out of ideas on how to fix this.

Thanks!

Hello there!

On Windows 7 due to UAC restrictions what ever admin task you do you have to elevate it. i.e. You have to right click on the Program or Installer file and Run as administrator. Certain file you need to take ownership to rename to manage it. But don't do that for system file because there is a reason why those files are restricted.
Thanks for the reply however, when I run as admin I get this pop-up message: "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item" I don't really mess with system files, these are just some of my every day applications. Also, how would I go about taking ownership of it?
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07 Jul 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

This doesn't appear to be a UAC issue from what the OP is describing. Once or twice here and there maybe, but not on this many things.

Try a System Restore to a point before the problem started.
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07 Jul 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

Take Ownership Shortcut

You may want to download and run Malwarebytes

If the system won't let you do it. Download Microsoft system sweeper and burn to CD and boot from the CD.
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07 Jul 2011   #6

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MacGyvr View Post
This doesn't appear to be a UAC issue from what the OP is describing. Once or twice here and there maybe, but not on this many things.

Try a System Restore to a point before the problem started.
Well, I download lots of stuff regularly, will I lose everything I downloaded after that restore point? If so, is there a way I can save them?
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07 Jul 2011   #7

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Take Ownership Shortcut

You may want to download and run Malwarebytes

If the system won't let you do it. Download Microsoft system sweeper and burn to CD and boot from the CD.
Okay, I'm going to look and see if I have anymore CDs lying around somewhere (I used a lot of them already, and they're the kind where once things are on them, you can't take them off)
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