Hi Chelsea Boy,
First, some information as a manner of explanation: In Vista, users do not
have write privileges in normal runtime to protected system folders. This
would include the C:\Program Files directory tree. Instead, applications are
loaded into a virtual directory within the user's environment (the appdata
folder) when run. Properly coded applications will install to the Program
Files directory and run from the virtual one.
To my knowledge, the most recent release of the Steam engine is properly
coded to run under Vista's runtime parameters. I suspect perhaps you have an
older version that is not, and that is why you are encountering the error. I
would suggest removing the current installation and then downloading and
installing the most recent release. An alternate solution, though not
recommended, is to right click the icon and use "run as administrator",
which will give you sufficient privileges. Be aware though that this method
will also give a properly coded bit of malware access to these privileges as
well and may result in infection or corruption of the installation.
Best of Luck,
Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
My thoughts http://rick-mvp.blogspot.com
"Chelseaboy" <Chelseaboy@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>I am trying to startup a program i installed - Steam , but whenever i start
> it, it pops up with an error message "Steam.exe (main exception): Unable
> write to the current Steam application folder. Please move Steam to a
> where you have write privileges".
> Does anyone know where i should move "Steam" to or how to change the write
> Currently Steam is in C:/Program files
> Thanks to those that reply.