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Windows 7: Can't install programs....Error: Insufficient privileges

03 Mar 2011   #31


This is purely a permissions issue. I have encountered these error multiple times and doing a sfc /scannow fixed it.

In your case, you can try mixing and matching the options available.

In ProgramData, under properties then security, do you see SYSTEM listed and given full control? If not, add it and give full control.

Also click on Edit, Add, Type in Everyone and select Full control and click ok, ok.

For ready reference, I have added my snip. In my case, I didn't have Everyone, but for your understanding I have added it and given full control.

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18 Aug 2012   #32

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

I had a similar problem and I went to one of Microsoft's support sites and got a fix first try.
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