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Can't install any programs- "Error writing to file C:\..."

  1. #21


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    Quote Originally Posted by Axeinfection101 View Post
    Okay, I might take it to a computer shop or re-install windows if the problem persists. Thanks for your help anyway.
    Don't don't go to a computer shop and pay without trying to re-install yourself first. It is easy and there are plenty of people here who can help with that if it is what you decide to do. Sometimes it is quicker and easier than trying to figure out a problem.

    If you do decide to the first thing to try is to Refresh Windows 8 or if that doesn't work Reset Windows 8 (with reset you lose all your documents so back them up).

    Alternatively you could download a fresh ISO and clean install as described here Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

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  2. #22


    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Axeinfection101 View Post
    Okay, I might take it to a computer shop or re-install windows if the problem persists. Thanks for your help anyway.
    Don't don't go to a computer shop and pay without trying to re-install yourself first. It is easy and there are plenty of people here who can help with that if it is what you decide to do. Sometimes it is quicker and easier than trying to figure out a problem.

    If you do decide to the first thing to try is to Refresh Windows 8 or if that doesn't work Reset Windows 8 (with reset you lose all your documents so back them up).

    Alternatively you could download a fresh ISO and clean install as described here Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create
    Yeah, I could easily re-install windows, but I might take it to the shop to see if they can fix it. Failing that, I could swap my laptop for a new one because I have a warranty.
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  3. #23


    What about "Take Ownership" of Programs folder, did you try that ?
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  4. #24


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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    What about "Take Ownership" of Programs folder, did you try that ?
    Ok, how do I take ownership?
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  5. #25


    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1


    Dammit, just got a new error message every time I try to install a new app. Don't know if its related....
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  6. #26


    Quote Originally Posted by Axeinfection101 View Post
    Dammit, just got a new error message every time I try to install a new app. Don't know if its related....
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    At the right click on any folder/file you should have "Take ownership" option, if you don't, tel me to send you .reg to enable it.
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  7. #27


    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Axeinfection101 View Post
    Okay, I might take it to a computer shop or re-install windows if the problem persists. Thanks for your help anyway.
    Don't don't go to a computer shop and pay without trying to re-install yourself first. It is easy and there are plenty of people here who can help with that if it is what you decide to do. Sometimes it is quicker and easier than trying to figure out a problem.

    If you do decide to the first thing to try is to Refresh Windows 8 or if that doesn't work Reset Windows 8 (with reset you lose all your documents so back them up).

    Alternatively you could download a fresh ISO and clean install as described here Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create
    Thank you so much for sending the instructions!
    I have refreshed Windows and everything is working and installing fine!
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