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hid programdata, now programs cant uninstall

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    Windows 8 x64

    hid programdata, now programs cant uninstall


    i hid program data from c after win8 install, and now even after unhiding, it wont let me install itunes and now adobe reader,.. get the error:

    'an error occurred while trying to create the directory
    c:\programdata\microsoft\windows\start menu'

    i have taken ownership, but when trying to change it to not read only and unhidden on everything it gives an error:
    'error applying attributes'

    even when all security permissions of the folder are set to full control including all users,. which it shouldnt matter as i am the administrator and there are no other accounts. so why is this? and how can i resolve it so i can install all my programs
    Last edited by krohm; 14 Jan 2013 at 02:08.

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    Try Refresh Windows 8.
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    Windows 8 x64


    i dont want to, im terrified it will crash again,.. this has been third install.. seems to be all this irrepairable damage,.. anything else?
    what has happened to this program data folder!?!!
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    so because ive hidden programdata, i now cant install to it? what.. surely this is reversable...
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    The owner of this Folder has to be SYSTEM with full access rights.
    Administrators group has to have full control too.
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  6. #6


    Quote Originally Posted by Neutron16 View Post
    The owner of this Folder has to be SYSTEM with full access rights.
    Administrators group has to have full control too.
    Agree, SYSTEM must be the owner, although administrators may have full control
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    Windows 8 x64


    i format reinstalled windows,
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  8. #8


    Hmmm, at least program solved...
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hid programdata, now programs cant uninstall
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