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Old 01-15-2007, 05:17 PM   #1
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Default Problems installing Acrobat Reader in VISTA

I'm running a copy of the VISTA RTM in order to get some experience of it for when it is publically released at the end of the month.

There's a problem installing Adobe/Acrobat Reader 8 under VISTA that stumped me. Because I was doing a lot of playing around I had disabled the User Access Control which pops up messages from Nanny every time you do anything like download copy install and so on. I had no problems.

Then I heard there was a version of AR8 for VISTA and so I went and got it and it would not install -- tossed up a message about not having enough room on the drive or the destination folder for installing from or not having permissions.

Then this evening I found a KB article on the Adobe website that explains it:


Background information On Vista, with User Account Control disabled, there is no write and execute access to the %TEMP% folder.

So I re-enabled UAC and sure enough it installed fine!

I don't know if it is specific to Adobe and VISTA or not -- I had no problems with a range of other installations but I can't in retrospect be sure whether or not UAC was on although my recollection is that I had disabled it when asked during the installation of VISTA.

FWIW Forewarned is forearmed .....

   
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Installers do not necessarily use the %TEMP% directory so if they don't turning off UAC may not have any influence.

   
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A question though: isn't it possible, using Administrator rights probably, to change permissions to the %TEMP% directory so a "normal" user does have read/write access?

   
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Installers do not necessarily use the %TEMP% directory so if they don't turning off UAC may not have any influence.
True, but under NT they are supposed to from what I'm told my NT users I respect.

And in the situation I'm describing turning ON UAC again did cure the problem as Adobe indicates in their KB article.

   
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A question though: isn't it possible, using Administrator rights probably, to change permissions to the %TEMP% directory so a "normal" user does have read/write access?
Have you tried changing permissions under VISTA? Nanny does not want you to -- Bill Gates knows best.

   
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Have you tried changing permissions under VISTA? Nanny does not want you to -- Bill Gates knows best.
No, because I don't have Vista - yet. Once I do I'm sure I will, or will at least try. After all, I'm poking around in the Registry (and not read-only) at least once a week. This is my computer, not Bill's! And I never had a nanny and don't need one now.

I just wanted to know whether it's possible to change permissions for a folder under Vista - sort of *nix-like. Is it?

   
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<< This is my computer, not Bill's! >>

You may begin to wonder once you have VISTA ....

<< whether it's possible to change permissions for a folder under Vista >>

It all depends on which folder and how you are logged on, if I am beginning to understand what is going on (I didn't say I understood why), so system folders are extremely protected.

   
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