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Windows 7: Can't install > can't change contents of folder.

19 Dec 2010   #11
DamageIncM

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Yes I'd create another Admin-level account, copy your files over, make sure all programs work in it and if not reinstall them. See if the flash and other things not working correctly work in the new account. If so, you can delete the old Account. However, it may not completely delete as the original account will sometimes not do until reinstall. But it should't bother you and may run better.

I'd also run Malwarebytes after updating to make sure there is no infection.

You could also consider a clean reinstall after wiping the HD of possible infection or corruption. Here are some tips for getting a perfect reinstall based on hundreds done here: re-install windows 7
Hm, I just did something weird.
Situation: I have 1 HDD with partitions C (as a "system drive") and D (as an "application drive").
Firefox was installed to D as it's an application of course.
I made a new account, I couldn't get Firefox started.
So I revisited the Firefox-Installer and instead installed it in the default "C > Program Files".
It worked on that account, it even installed the flash player and some other things.
Then I went back (I switched accounts leaving them logged on both)
to the first account and Firefox crashed for some reason.
Then I opened it again there and it turned out to use the same settings (tabs and all)
while it runs Firefox from the Program Files installation now.
And it works for some reason... so would the directory be the culprit?

This still leaves me unsure if this original Windows Account is OK though.
But I'll still consider just making a new one.
Can I still get all the settings back instantly though?
By that I mean, all the details too, like mouse-settings, Window-sizes/positions perhaps.
All the settings and saves of course.
As I already spent hours on configuring things... it's quite a pain to be honest.


Thanks for your replies.


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19 Dec 2010   #12
gregrocker

 

Seems the pain was self-inflicted. Never a good idea to put your programs on another partition from OS. They write registry keys which integrate them into the OS so should remain a part of it.

At this point it might be best to consider a clean reinstall following these tips to get a perfect install, based on hundreds done here: re-install windows 7

Or is it possible you have a Win backup image, factory Recovery partition or disks which could restore to before this was done?
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19 Dec 2010   #13
DamageIncM

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Seems the pain was self-inflicted. Never a good idea to put your programs on another partition from OS. They write registry keys which integrate them into the OS so should remain a part of it.
Hm, then they should note that during the installation.
It wasn't a problem on my previous (XP-)computer though, I did the exact same thing.

Quote:
At this point it might be best to consider a clean reinstall following these tips to get a perfect install, based on hundreds done here: re-install windows 7
You mean to make sure there are no errors?
Also, would this mean it resets everything to default?

Quote:
Or is it possible you have a Win backup image, factory Recovery partition or disks which could restore to before this was done?
Before what was done exactly?
Because I did very little in the short time this system has been running.
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19 Dec 2010   #14
gregrocker

 

Yes a reinstall sets everything to default because it starts over. Wipe the HD first for cleanest slate.

Did you clean install, in-place Upgrade from Vista, or buy a factory pre-installed machine? What is the make/model if so? You could run Factory Recovery.
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19 Dec 2010   #15
DamageIncM

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Yes a reinstall sets everything to default because it starts over. Wipe the HD first for cleanest slate.

Did you clean install, in-place Upgrade from Vista, or buy a factory pre-installed machine? What is the make/model if so? You could run Factory Recovery.
Ah, well I stated before it's a self-built system, so it would be a clean install.
Just bought and assembled all parts, installed Windows on a brand-new disk.
Installed security before connecting the internet and then connected and had Windows update.
That's pretty much where I'm at now, apart from having surfed online with Firefox.
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18 Mar 2012   #16
dadwhiskers

7 Ultimate
 
 

If you are using Firefox, change the download folder to another folder, and then change it back to the folder you want. That fixed it for me.

I saw another fix on another site that worked for someone else. Make sure the Application Experience service is set to automatic. Mine was disabled, and that may have contributed to the problem.
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21 Mar 2017   #17
Zenicablues

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Try this: - After to many various ways, programs, etc., conclude what is in fact problem !!! - To many have permissions and windows is confused !!! (Keep only necessary !) - Remove all from security tab, permissions and owner tabs !!! - Add in security tab you (user), admin (you) and can guest ! - Same in permissions tab, - Owner tab: owner you (as user), keep admin (again you) in lower panel ! - That is all !!!https://cdn.sevenforums.com/images/smilies/wink.gif
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