Re: applying permission to Program Files
"wretched" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> I'm brand new to Vista and must say it is needlessly complicated.
> All I'm trying to do right now is download MSN Messenger. I want to put
> in the "Program Files" folder, but it says "access denied...you don't have
> permission...contact the administrator..." Huh? I am the administrator.
> Why would I want to put a program file anywhere else? Why would I need
> a stupid feature? Why can't I have control over my own computer?
> I right clicked until I got to the securities options, and all the boxes
> changing the permissions on the "Program Files" folder are greyed out.
> How do I install programs where I think they would be the most convenient,
> and make the most sense? How do I set this up so I always have access to
> whatever I want, and don't ever have to think about being logged in as
> and such user? How do I get the hours of my life back trying to figure
> Vista's "improvements" over XP?
Why are you trying to save a setup file to the Program Files directory?
Save it to download, or better yet, don't save it at all, choose "run"
instead. Once it's installed, you shouldn't need the setup file for it
again unless there's some problem and you need to reinstall it, and even
then, you should get the latest version at that time, not use the one that
may be months old.
When you run the setup file, it will install the files it needs in Program
Files (that's what that directory is for, the installation of the full
program, not saving setup files.).
Remember, most of the "program" files you're going to download will be
setup/install files, not the actual program that's going to run every time
you want to use said program.
There are exceptions, those are usually referred to as "stand-alone"
programs and once downloaded you can move them to the Program Files
directory (you'll get a UAC prompt but you can do it) but there's no reason
to save every setup/install program. Usually, especially software like MSN
Messenger, change constantly, and are always readily available on the web
for download (again, it's suggested to always download the latest version if
you are installing/re-installing this kind of software.)