Over 1 million tech questions and answers.

Can't Write/Modify files in Program Files folder

Q: Can't Write/Modify files in Program Files folder

I am unable to write/modify/replace files in the Program Files or Program Files (x86) folders, we have folder that is placed in Program Files folder, lets say MES folder
we use Active Directory System and all user take file from FTP server if there's Program's Update from System that I make, so new file/files will replace old file/files in MES folder, it was work smoothly in Windows 7 Pro, but not in Windows 8.1 Pro
the things I already do was :
1. Change User Account Control Settings to Never Notify (lowest)
2. Turn Off Windows Firewall setting (Domain, Network Location, Public Network)
3. Change advanced security add local user for Full control, modify, read and execute (to take ownership and grant full control permission of the folder and all contents in it)
I Know from forum it must be about user security issue but this 3 steps still not change anything
How can I defeat this?

Many thanks.
Michael H.

Read other answers
Preferred Solution: Can't Write/Modify files in Program Files folder

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)


I am unable to copy files to the Program Files or Program Files (x86) folders, despite my status as Administrator on a single-user system. As an advanced user, I have many legitimate needs to place files there and cannot live with this level of protection
from myself.
How can I defeat this? Many thanks.

Rick A.
Pleasanton CA

A:Can't Write to Program Files folder

Mark, that worked -- thanks a million, as I would never have found that little needle in the Windows 8 haystack. I do not in any way consider this to be progress or evolution in OS design...

Read other 41 answers

I have no write access to the program files folder (only). I have check security, it's all as should be..
I can log into administrator in safe mode and do anything I want in the program folder.
Make admin available in normal mode.. even the admin is blocked for installing, deleting anything from the programs folder.
I'm lost.

A:Write access to program files folder

If you create a new administrator account in safe mode, are you able to write to the programs folder?
Edit: Is the OS XP Pro or XP Home?

Read other 11 answers

I am trying to uplift our 32 bit Eclipse RCP application to 64 bit end state.In order to do that I have updated all the required dependencies and dlls. Also I am able to launch the application under 64 bit environment only when the application is kept anywhere
outside Program Files or Program Files(x86). When it is installed in the said location it could not be launched , a result view could not be created because it tries to write a search file in the place where it is been installed.

But the main problem is the same set of code works for 32 bit version no matter where it is installed. Also the 32 bit version of application can read or write result to any desired location without being launched as admin. And the 64 bit version of the application
does the same when launched as admin.

In order to find out more I tried with eclipse_mars_x86 and eclipse_mars_x86_64 with different location.When the workspace is
inside Program Files or Program Files(x86) 32 bit of eclipse can access it without being launched as admin but the same can not be done through 64 bit of eclipse, without launching it as admin.

The same behavior is
seen with sample RCP Application which I created  to investigate the issue . The 64 - bit version of the sample application , if kept inside Program
Files or Program Files(x86)  , is not launching(\.metadata\.locl(Access is Denied)). Where in for the same sample application built in 32 bit environment is working fine i... Read more

Read other answers

Good afternoon everyone, Here is the problem. I am trying to get a standard view for the files under 'My Music' and all subfolders. Does not seem to work. Let us take an example: In the My Music\classical\ subfolder all the subfolders below that are artists names and the files may consist of mp3, mp4, m4a, flv, swf, some txt, occasional mpeg. It seems that if the folder contains all mp3 files then I can select 'name', 'size' & 'length' and in folder options I select view>apply to all folders then it will display correctly. But not if there are mp4, m4a, and flv mixed or some other combination. Then (whoever is in charge of my computer) adds all the additional columns and I wind up clicking away to remove the offending details only to have to do it again and again. Is there a way to do it 'my way'? Thanks for viewing!

A:how to modify folder view details for music files?

Then (whoever is in charge of my computer)

Who is in charge of your computer. If that is not your own computer, what do you expect.

Read other 8 answers

Hello everybody !

As I said before, it is difficult to speak correctly in English. I'm sorry.

I'll try to explain a problem related by one of members of my forum.
I can't test on my PC because I use a 32 bits version of Windows 7 who not contains the folder that he want's to modify.

OS : Windows 7 64 bits (x86)

He wants to modify the rights of the folder "Program Files (x86)" but he have no access to do (see the screenhots)

He seems to be administrator. I wait for his confirmation.
I'm suprise that the menu doesn't contain the "advance" button...

I can't find any solution in french forums...

Thank you for your help.

A:Problem to modify authorization of "Program Files (x86)

I think he needs to "Take Ownership" of that folder. Check out this tutorial

Read other 4 answers

Hello, I found a folder I am not familiar with.

Named exodus, inside program files,common files.

It has chrome folder inside it,with crash reporter files etc.

I attached the update application.exe to virustotal, and kaspersky website
and they found nothing nor detected it as a virus.

I attached screenshots for your assistance. Thanks in advance.

Read other answers

I know it's the UAC that's restricting me from doing so. Am using 7-zip, and the only way I've found for moving files to program files, is by extracting them on my desktop, then move it over to the folder inside program files. What am looking for, is a way of extracting them to the program files folder right away?

Edit: Am mostly using the right click menu. Right click-> 7-Zip -> Extract and so forth...

A:Unable to extract files to program files folder(UAC).

Hi Nitrius,

This is a security feature in Vista that will not let you do this from any other account except while logged on to the built-in Administrator account.

Administrator Account

Hope this helps,

Read other 4 answers

In internet options under temporary internet files and then under settings view objects there 5 java runtime environment active X controls with yellow exclamation points. Is this supposed to be this way and if not how do I fix this? Also, the setting in my temp internet files folder is set at 1192. Is this correct or should it be changed?

A:Downloaded program files and temp files folder

Read other 8 answers

well today i was looking through/cleaning out my folders in program files and i stumbled upon a bunch of cabinet files from april to december and in the mix of them is a DXSETUP.exe


there are some example files. should i run DXSETUP.exe. is it for directX? or my d3d hardware

A:cabinet files in program files folder?

Its for DirectX, what version is installed on your system?


DXSetup.exe is a standard installer that independent software vendors (ISVs) can use to install the Microsoft? DirectX? 9.0 redistributable runtime. It provides an easy way for developers to install the DirectX 9.0 runtime without having to write a custom installer. The standard installer is included in the (SDK root)\Redist\DirectX9 folder.


Read other 3 answers

I have a program files directory on my e:\ that I use to install most of my applicaitons to as it is much larger than my c:\ partition.

However I cannot write or delete anything from this folder now, and I cannot open an application I have been using for ages either, and this is how I noticed it. I have scanned my machine using Panda Titanium 2007, Adaware and AVG anti spyware, and nothing suspect shows up but I presume it is something malicious.

Has anyone got any ideas? It is only this directory that is giving me trouble and today is the first time this has shown up. I am logged in as the same profile I always use.

Win 2000 machine.

Here is the hijackthis log...... Any help appreciated.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 21:58:19, on 10/10/2006
Platform: Windows 2000 SP4 (WinNT 5.00.2195)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
E:\Program Files\TPSrv.exe
E:\Program Files\pavsrv50.exe
E:\Program Files\AVENGINE.EXE
e:\program files\firewall\PNMSRV.EXE
e:\Program Files\ewido\security suite\ewidoctrl.exe
E:\Program Files\PavFnSvr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Panda Software\PavShld\pavprsrv.exe
E:\Program Files\PsImSvc.exe
C:\WINNT\system... Read more

A:Cannot write to program files directory

Anyone please? I can't open most of the applicaitons I have installed to that directory. It was ok a couple of days ago, and I haven't noticed anything else changing.

Read other 3 answers

I think a securty update that was downloaded recently is effecting some software I have. I have a program that sits in the Program Files area and one of the folders needs to be read/write since other computers in my network are accessing the data file inside here- however, when I go into the properties Read Only has a green marker in it. I uncheck it and a dialog asks something like "This folder and the ones under it?" Which I agree to. However, when you go back and look at the properties the green marker is back as read only. How do I fix this issue????????


A:Read/Write in Program Files?!?!?!?!


Sounds as if there are permission levels set for the folder you are talking about. To change the permission level you must have the authority to do it of course and this link will help you define what to set it to.

Take Care

Read other 2 answers

Hi all,

I need to execute the Windows command:

metaflac --dont-use-padding --remove --block-type="PADDING" Filename.flac

For every file in a folder, including every file in the subfolders! (Two levels of subfolders.) The file name extension is as mentioned above .flac.

I understand a batch file is the best way to accomplish this, but what should it contain?

Many thanks!

A:How do I write a batch file for all files in a folder?

Read other 6 answers

I have recently installed a program and when I try to open it it says "error#41:unable to write to the temp folder... There is plenty of space so im not sure why it is doing this.. i have cleared my temp folder and deleted several programs... the program that is saying error#41 isnt a big program at all.. and i can still download bigger programs and they work without a problem!

A:Unable to write files to the temp folder

Read other 6 answers

I have my 2 PC's networked in a Homegroup. 1 is running Win 7 Home Premium 64, the other Win 7 Ultimate 32. I want to write to the Program Files folder on the 32 bit system from the Program Files (x86) folder on the 64 bit system. All other read/write operations between these 2 systems are succeeding. I have set up full permissions on both Program Files folders exactly as with other folders: Properties > Sharing > Advanced Sharing > Share this folder > Permissions > Full Control for "Everyone". I suspect UAC may be intervening. Is there any way to defeat this? My final objective is to automate synchronization between a few selected areas in these Program Files using my backup utility, SyncBackSE. It kept failing based on access denied, so I tried to drag & drop manually via windows explorer, and this is also not allowed. Please don't focus on questions about SyncBackSE - I am seeking help getting permission to move & change files via explorer. Thanks for any suggestions.

A:Can I lift permissions and write to Program Files via Homegroup?


SyncBackSE is a very useful tool. I use it myself.

Have you tried specifying the username and password within SyncBackSE so that it uses an Administrator account on that machine? Do you 'run as Adminstrator'?


Read other 5 answers


We are using windows 7 and all our clients are under the domain. one of our dept member requested me to create a share folder in his pc in which user can create edit modify any of file but not to delete any of file.
So is it possible or not???
Please help me out this issue.

Rakesh Kumar

Read other answers

I have a program that uses it's own library. The path to this library can't be changed, and it's inside the "Program Files" folder. And the software itself has to be installed inside "Program Files" too, otherwise it won't work correctly (it's a new release and still a bit buggy).

Now, when I add something to this library, it's supposed to be present in the library folder. BUT Win 7 doesn't show me any files that have been created by programs inside the "Program Files" folder. The folder where the new library is supposed to be is empty. But the library is there inside the program, so it has to be somewhere.

Now, how am I supposed to backup those files if I can't access them?

Please help!

A:How to display files inside "Program Files" folder?

The program you are using is broken. You should ask the developer to fix it.
In reality the program is really accessing the file in C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\VirtualStore

Read other 7 answers

I have an Advent (PC World brand) Laptop that comes with its own custom On-Screen Display software.

The software is made for 32 bit Windows with no 64 bit version available as far as I'm aware.

I have upgraded to 64 bit Windows recently and everything seems to work great except the OSD.

When installing. I'm given a choice of where I want to install the program in which I choose

C:\Program Files

after installation a mandatory restart is required and after the reboot OSD always ends up in
the other Program Files folder and I receive a error when trying to launch the OSD

I assume this error is because it gets confused being in the wrong directory (although I could be wrong and its simply just not compatible with 64bit Windows)

Anyone have a way to force it to install in the standard Program Files folder?

its the only way to tell if things like caps lock are enabled or not, so its pretty frustrating without it.

A:Program refusing to install in standard program files folder

In 64-bit Windows, the folder Program Files (x86) is for 32-bit applications. Try installing your OSD application there instead of the Program Files folder which is meant for 64-bit applications.


Read other 4 answers

Does anyone know how to open old Display Write text documents in MSWord? I have not been able to find a converter for it.
Thank you

A:Solved: How can I convert Display Write 4 files into Word 2002 files

Look here: http://www.gmayor.com/downloads.htm

Read other 2 answers


First time on this forum, so I hope I chose the right category to post my problem. I just got a new laptop, and it has Vista Home Premium.

My problem.. I use a program/application called "DVArchive" (aka: DVA) for archiving my tv shows on my PC (from my ReplayTV). This application worked just fine on XP, but of course, Vista is giving me all kinds of crap.

The application IS working.. It can see my ReplayTV unit, I can access my archived shows, etc. However, Vista is giving me error messages, which are interfering with it and making it crash.

The problem has to do specifically with the applications configuration (.XML) files. I'm pretty tech saavy, but I'm not a computer expert, so I'll just cut and paste the actual error messages below. The listed pathways are where DVArchive stores it's files...
04/29 23:12:17 ERROR: XMLUTILS:: Error trying to create XML Output file C:\Users\badg671\Documents\DVArchive\Local_Guide\DVArchive.bak - C:\Users\badg671\Documents\DVArchive\Local_Guide\DVArchive.bak (Access is denied)

04/29 23:12:17 ERROR: Error flushing persistant store - C:\Users\badg671\Documents\DVArchive\Local_Guide\DVArchive.bak (Access is denied)

04/29 23:26:13 ERROR: LOCAL_STORE::SAVE: Unable to rename old store C:\Users\badg671\DVArchive.xml to backup C:\Users\badg671\DVArchive.xml~ - PLEASE BE SURE THE DIRECTORY/FILE CAN BE READ/WRITTEN TO
______________________________... Read more

A:Help - .XML files - Read/Write error - Vista won't allow app/pgm to copy/backup files

Read other 9 answers

NoVirusThanks File System Protector is a powerful utility which uses a kernel-mode driver to completely lock a file or a folder and to deny write access to files (allow read-only). You can write rules for any process or only for specific processes, you can lock files or folders and you can also protect files from modifications (write access) so that processes can only read the file content, but not hijack or modify it. With NoVirusThanks File System Protector you can protect sensitive files and folders from unauthorized accesses or modifications, a swiss army knife against nasty ransomware like CryptoLocker family or to just protect important files.

On the ?Settings? tab you can specify a custom logs folder to save blocked events, and on ?Exclusions? tab you can manage trusted applications (using wildcards), so they are excluded from the block-rules. To edit the default rules or to create your custom rules, open the ?Rules? tab and then click the button ?Edit Rules? (it may ask you Admin credentials) to edit the Rules.DB file. The rules are updated in real-time and writing rules is very easy, you can use wildcards characters and aliases, example:


[%OPER%: DENY_ALL] [%PROC%: *] [%FILE%: C:\locked-file.txt]
[%OPER%: DENY_ALL] [%PROC%: *process.exe] [%FILE%: *\LockedFolder]
[%OPER%: DENY_WRITE] [%PROC%: *] [%FILE%: C:\read-only.txt]
[%OPER%: DENY_WRITE] [%PROC%: *] [%FILE%: C:\ProtectedFiles\*.txt]
[%OPER%: DENY_WRITE] [%PROC%: *] [%FILE%: C:\Prot... Read more

Read other answers

okay, i am having a major problem with this..

i have been trying to fix for hours. and am begining to think i am going to have to re-install windows vista.

i am using vista 32-bit.

and for some reason, when i go to the C:\ drive on my computer there is no Program Files folder.

i have already enabled "show hidden files and folders" in the folder options.

and still nothing.

so i opened up command prompt and changed the directory to C:\

typed in dir to show the directory of the C drive.

and still nothing.

but when i changed the directory to C:\Program Files\

it came up with all my installed programs in program files.

could this be a windows explorer problem? (explorer.exe under proccess list when hitting Ctrl+Alt+Del)

if so, is there anyway to reinstall it without having to reformat my whole hard drive?


A:Program Files Folder Not There!

Read other 10 answers

Does anyone what to do to prevent the "Program Files" Folder from opening at startup please?. I'm running WinXp SP2.

The problem started right after installing the graphic card drivers; (ATI Rdeon X800 Pro.).

Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

A:Help with Program Files Folder Please

This is a common problem after installing the ati cat driver. To fix it, just delete the folder that the driver decompressed its files into. In your case, it is probably C:\program files\ati.

Make sure any folder you delete is for the decompressed driver files; not files for an ati app you have installed.

Read other 3 answers

I've been searching on how to create a folder within program file, windows denies otherwise. I can't find a solution.

A:Create Folder in Program Files

Quote: Originally Posted by JerometheGiraff

I've been searching on how to create a folder within program file, windows denies otherwise. I can't find a solution.

When you right click , Windows denies permission?. If that's the case then obviously it's security issues.

Read other 7 answers

I have two computers,connected in a network by a crossover cable,
working in a workgroup and running different OS-Win-XP and Win-7. One is XP-PC and the other is
7-PC. I attempted to open the Program files folder on 7-PC from XP-PC, but the access was denied. I
am able to open all other folders in the System partition-?C? of the 7-PC from the XP-PC. I am
imagining that the culprit is ?Security? tab, but I am unable to figure out what to change. And my
question is: How to make the Program files folder accessible from the XP-PC?

A:How to access the Program files folder from another(XP) PC?

I assume you have a suitable user set up, with admin privilege, with the same password, on both machines and all the correct shares are set.

As the Program Files ownership is not ser as the administrators, but Trusted Installer, It appears that this is preventing access as it is designed to do

It may be possible to access the folders if you give the local user full control of this folder, but this is a dangerous route to take as it circumvents security and may allow malware access to the system

You should be able to log in with Remote Desktop to allow modification in this and other system folders

Read other 2 answers

My first post, so welcome everyone.

I had a virus, which I deleted with Spybot S&D and Eset Nod32 antivirus (it may not have been removed completely). For now the infected PC is not connected to the internet.

I found the virus and started scan by looking into msconfig. I saw two objects:

element: _scott_-{97BAE4-4CF2-5FFC-B9DB 1D 1D324E}
localisation: C:\Users\Mikaka\AppData\Roaming\_scott_css.exe

element: _scott_vrc
localisation: C:\Program Files\_scott_svchost.exe

The program files folder is hidden by the virus, you go to C: and it is not there. What can I do about it?? Its not hidden through the standard windows hidden files (I have showing of hidden files enabled, and I still cannot see it).

I tried combofix but it doesn't work for OS higher then XP, how can I restore my Program Files folder?? Help
The Program Files is still there (programs that are installed there are working, and you can find things there through search in start menu, but you cannot see the folder itself).

Infected computer:
Intel Core2Duo E4500 2.20GHz @ 2.20GHz
3 GB GoodRAM 800
Gigabyte GA-P35-S3
NVIDIA Geforce 8600 GTS 256 MB
Sound Blaster X-FI Gamer
250 + 500GB Seagate Discs
Windows 7 build 7229

Here is a screenshot of my C: drive


A:Hidden program files folder

Quote: Originally Posted by Mikaka

My first post, so welcome everyone.

I had a virus, which I deleted with Spybot S&D and Eset Nod32 antivirus (it may not have been removed completely). For now the infected PC is not connected to the internet.

I found the virus and started scan by looking into msconfig. I saw two objects:

element: _scott_-{97BAE4-4CF2-5FFC-B9DB 1D 1D324E}
localisation: C:\Users\Mikaka\AppData\Roaming\_scott_css.exe

element: _scott_vrc
localisation: C:\Program Files\_scott_svchost.exe

The program files folder is hidden by the virus, you go to C: and it is not there. What can I do about it?? Its not hidden through the standard windows hidden files (I have showing of hidden files enabled, and I still cannot see it).

I tried combofix but it doesn't work for OS higher then XP, how can I restore my Program Files folder?? Help
The Program Files is still there (programs that are installed there are working, and you can find things there through search in start menu, but you cannot see the folder itself).

Infected computer:
Intel Core2Duo E4500 2.20GHz @ 2.20GHz
3 GB GoodRAM 800
Gigabyte GA-P35-S3
Sound Blaster X-FI Gamer
250 + 500GB Seagate Discs
Windows 7 build 7229

Here is a screenshot of my C: drive
Imageshack - 001arn2.jpg


First welcome to sevenforums.

Ok if you had a dos disk this would be easy. boot from dos cd.. program folder, etc. do you have something that you can boot from outside win 7?
... Read more

Read other 9 answers

I seem to have lost my Program files (x86) folder and all of my shortcuts on the desktop have lost their targets
I ran chkdsk D: and it reported no errors with the disk
I checked if my folder options and "show hidden files" is checked
The space is still being used on the drive and it seems like I haven't lost any other files or folders on my D: drive and am at a loss for what to do next
Any help would be appreciated, thanks

A:Program Files (x86) folder disappeared on D:

Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic323892.html/page__p__1797792#entry1797792 , taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post. 

Read other 0 answers

I have two hard drives, one is 200GB the so-called main one I am currently using and the older is the smaller 40GB drive.

The issue is I have many of the same programs on the smaller drive as on the newer bigger drive. If I uninstall the those from the older drive, will it affect the newer installations on the main drive.

Will a "delete" be all that is necessary?

A:Program files folder in two directories

Check your Add/Remove programs Control Pannel to see if you have multiple versions showing installed there.

Also, you could right click on one of the programs in each directory and check to make sure that the link to the file is, or is not, referring to the same file. One of the two may just be shortcuts.

If you are referring to system files, just make sure that you would only remove the files that are on the drive that do not contain your OS.

Read other 3 answers

Can anyone tell me, after a fresh install of WinXP, what all I can remove from the Program Files without effecting the way XP works? Will anything here effect my getting online after I get my ISP files installed? Specifically, I am wondering about the NETMEETING folder, but also would like to remove most of the others as well.

A:What can I remove from Program Files folder

MPeg3 said:

Can anyone tell me, after a fresh install of WinXP, what all I can remove from the Program Files without effecting the way XP works? Will anything here effect my getting online after I get my ISP files installed? Specifically, I am wondering about the NETMEETING folder, but also would like to remove most of the others as well.Click to expand...

You can not remove Netmeeting, Messenger, xerox or Microsoft Frontpage... Although it is possible to delete the contents of these folders, the folders themselves will be rebuilt upon next boot (however, there are registry hacks to prevent this, it is really not worth the aggravation)...

As for Windows Media Player... It to will be rebuilt upon next boot as well as there is a hidden Media Player2...

Everything else except Common Files, Internet Explorer and Windows NT could probably be uninstalled/deleted...


Read other 2 answers

I want to know why sometimes after uninstalling a program, the program's folder will stay in the Program Files folder. I want to delete this folder, but they normally contain .dll files, and it says that some programs may not work if you delete this folder. Can I get rid of them some how? THANKS! Nikki

A:Program Files Folder.....QUESTION

When they give you a message that says some folders might not work, they mean that program might not work. But since you already uninstalled them you can freely delete them.

Read other 5 answers

Does anyone know if its possible to move the User and Program Files Folder from the drive with w8 in it to another drive?

A:seperating Program files folder

Welcome to EightForums.

For users:
User Folders - Change Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums

For Program Files Folder:
Best to be on C: Windows.

Read other 2 answers

I have a HP Pavilion running xp home edition sp2 with a 40GB hdd. The c: drive is declared at size 33.1GB due to the HP recovery partition.
On the c: drive the largest folder by far is Program Files at 19.3 GB due to a subfolder Microsoft Games 17.2GB containing Flight Simulator 9 14.1GB.

I would like to fit a second drive and move the folder Program Files on to it to free the space on c: to let the ststem run more freely. Can it be done without having to reinstall everything?

A:Moving Program Files Folder

Can it be done without having to reinstall everything?Click to expand...

No, because of each of the program's relevant registry entries will need changing to reflect the new location, one hell of a manual job that is to the point of being quite simply impossible.

You would be better to create a folder on the 2nd hard dive call it MY Programs (or whatever you like) then whenever you install a program select the custom install options and install the program to the folder on the 2nd hard drive.
You can tweak the registry so that any applications you install from now on will be installed on the 2nd drive
change the Data of this String Value ProgramFilesDir from C:\Program Files to the path of the folder on the new drive where you wish the programs to be installed to
See here for info - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/933700

If you want to make some space on C then uninstall any apps and re-install them on 2nd drive.

Read other 3 answers

I noticed that my Program Files folder shows a preview of a photo that I have never saved in that location. It also appears in the PerfLogs folder almost right next to it located on the Local Disk.

The Program Files x64 folder doesn' have this issue, only the x86 folder. I thought I could customize the folder but of course Microsoft does not allow that.

Why is Vista generating a folder preview using a photo that was never located in these folders?

Read other answers

I've recently reformatted my hard drive and set up a fresh installation of Windows XP. Before installation I repartitioned my drive so I have one logical drive for windows to boot from, another dive (P:) for all my applications, and F: (Fun n Games )

Now I want to configure the 'Program Files' Folder Path to be 'P:\' instead of 'C:\Program Files\'.

1. How can I do this?
2. Should I move everything already in c:\program files\ to the new location? (i.e. 'Common Files', 'Java', 'Outlook Express' etc.)

A:Moving the 'Program Files' folder.

Definitely don't do number 2. That will probably just corrupt your programs. Leave the ones that are already in Program Files there; there is no easy way to move them (esp. Common Files, Outlook Express, Internet Explorer). The programs that you have installed you cacn specify where you ant to install them. As to changing the default location, there is probably a way but I don't know off hand.

Read other 9 answers

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this one.

Anyway, I believe my computer doesn't have any malware/viruses as I took care of it last week or so and this folder was already there, before and after.

It's called "xerox" in Program Files and it has another folder in it called "nwwia". There's nothing in them and nothing hidden that I can tell. They cannot be deleted and while I was in safe mode I was able to delete them, but the folders came back and I have no idea why.

I've had these folders in there for a long time and I'm kind of curious as to what they are.

A:I Got a Strange Folder in Program Files

What is '\Program Files\XEROX\NWWIA', and how do I get rid of it?The short answer is that it does appear to be something related to "Windows Image Acquisition", which is a common component of Windows. Why it shows up empty, and why it remains protected by the operating system is as best we can tell, a mystery.?For what it's worth, it benign. It's on lots of systems, including my own.Using SysInternals Process Explorer I was able to tell that the windows logon process has the directory open. But I was able to find no reference to it in the registry. And apparently when you do manage to delete it, the system file protection service dutifully restores it.There's a long thread on the subject out at the Annoyances.org discussion forum titled Deleting Ghost/Empty Directories that has many theories and a couple of ways to delete it, if that's really important to you.askleo.com

Read other 1 answers

The Program Files Folder on my XP Pro machine just disappeared. I did a system restore and it came back and works for awhile and then just disappears again and I can't run any programs. I did not delete it. I ran sfc /scannow and even re-installed XP but no go. I ran a file recovery program and it sees the folder and does not tell me it was deleted. The only thing I did before this happened was to delete a couple of Outlook XP pst files that I no longer needed. I also tried to create another folder in my C drive called Program Files and it would not let me saying the file was in use by another program. Anyone know anything about this?

A:Program Files Folder Disappeared

If you go into the folder properties in Control Panel is it set to hide system files?

Read other 2 answers

Hey guys hows it going, first time posting here.

A couple of days ago my computer contracted some sort of malware/virus, and I did a full PC-recovery and backed up all my files. When the computer was functional again I did full system scams with ZoneAlarm, Norton, and AVG Spyware (all updated). A couple of viruses and malwares were found. but nothing too serious. Things were running alright until I tried to run my Warcraft 3 Frozen Throne (installed before PC-Recovery).

First Time I ran Warcraft 3: Things were a bit slow.

Second Time: Warcraft 3 detected a sound bug, was able to run but did not provide any audio.

Third Time: The game ran (with audio this time), but when I quit the Warcraft 3 application I was not able to open any other applications (Command Prompt, Task Manager, Firefox etc). When I tried to they all gave me a "The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0150002)" error. However I was able to run My Computer. I restarted the computer and everything went back to normal, but to be safe I followed a procedure I found on the internet regarding the 0xc0150002 error and enabled access to all users through command prompt.

I decided to uninstall Warcraft 3, it was uninstalled successfully. However the Warcraft 3 folder with a few downloaded maps/saved games still resides in My Program Files. I tried to delete the main folder, and even tried to delete individual folders/files. But they just wouldn't go away, no error messages came up or an... Read more

A:Cannot Delete Folder in Program Files

Read other 7 answers

I tried to install a software in my computer today. Unfortunately it did not finish installation due to some problems. After that i found out i have 3 program files in my win 7. 2 identical Program files folder and 1 program files x86 folder. What happened?

Thank you in advance for your replies.

A:i have 3 program files folder in my Win 7 x64. What happenned?

Your suppposed to have two. Programs Files and Programs Files (x86). What is in the two Programs Files folders? Are they identical? Or do they differ in a significant way?

Read other 4 answers

all of a sudden it seems i have a new folder with two files within it.. the folder is names Usenet Junkie in it it contains two files:


does ne one know what this is?


upon further investigation. i also have found a few other folders...

- Motive
- Stuffit Deluxe - this one i installed but then uninstalled and i cannot delete the folder what can i do?

any idea what these are or what they are for? and if it is safe for me to get rid of them?

Read other answers


I'm sure I once read somewhere that it was possible to make a change to the registry so that software installations would not automatically install into the default of 'C:\Program Files' - does anyone here know of such a trick ?

Background is that I have a 'C' Drive and a 'D' Drive - C is down to about 200 MB free while D has about 2 GB free. Most software installation routines allow you to specify 'D:\Program Files\Whatever ..' asd the installation folder rather than the default of
'C:\Program Files\Whatever ...' - but various Microsoft products still continue to install some files into
'C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared' even where
the actual product is installing its main files into (eg)
'D:\Program Files\Whatever ...'.

And this is what this registry change is supposed to prevent - but after trawling through MSDN I can't find any references to this, so I'd appreciate if someone knew of this change ?



A:Location of \Program Files Folder ?

dont mess w/ that!!!

the information its placing on you c:/ drive is miniscule

that folder allows your various programs to communicate w/ each other along w/ some user/global variables

Read other 1 answers

My secondary computer is an HP with Windows XP Media Center Edition, and for some reason, over half of the 250GB HD is consumed by just the Program Files folder. When I check the folders for each program within that one, they are all relatively small and add up to only a few gigabytes. I have very little installed on the computer and use it mainly for a security camera and occasional web browsing. I don't know when this happened but I kept deleting unnecessary things to make more space and then realized the problem was within the PF folder.

Does anyone have any idea as to what's wrong or how to fix it? I've run Disk Cleanup, Defrag and a registry cleaner. They made very little difference. Also, I have hidden files and folders showing and there's nothing there consuming the extra space.

A:Program Files folder using 129GB

Run Space Sniffer to see what is taking the space.

Read other 2 answers

Hi....I used to have windows vista ultimate 32bit, but i noticed that my processor runs smoothly with a 64bit OS so i decided to install windows 7 ultimate 64bit, i booted from the OS dvd and before installing it i used the format option for my unique hard drive, then i installed the new OS....right afer installing it, i went to the C: drive i noticed that there was another program files folder but with x86 on it, and i tried to delete them but i couldn't....HELP

A:Windows 7 x86 program files folder

Not every program is a 64-bit program. The Program Files (x86) folder is where 32-bit programs install onto your Ultimate x64 installation. Don't sweat it and don't try and delete the folder - it's supposed to be there.

Read other 9 answers

I'm about to reinstall my windows and after that kind of reorganize everything..

So I have a SSD and a HDD. Windows (x64) will be on the SSD. Which means there will also be 'Program Files' and 'Program Files (x86)' on there.
Now on the HDD (only one partition there), I will manually make two more folders: 'Program Files' and 'Program Files (x86)'. My question is: do the 'Program Files' folders have to be in the root of the drive (e.x. H:/Program Files)? Because if not I would like them to be in a 'Programs' folder, which will be in the root, along with 'Media', 'Games' and 'Stuff'. (H:/Programs/Program Files)
Actually this is how I have it now, but I am wondering if it is ok or maybe not recommended..
What made me think of this is: I have the Origin client from EA, and when I open it it automatically creates a folder in the root of the HDD called 'Program Files (x86)'. There's an 'Origin' folder in it but its empty. I deleted it to see if it would recreate itself, and the next time I opened origin the 'Program Files (x86)' folder reappeared - even tried a few times to confirm.

So is Windows, or any programs, bothered by 'Program Files' not being in the root of a partition? Can I easily stick it into another folder? (of course before installing any programs in it).


50 minutes, no replies, 1 view. What's wrong? Editing to put on top of list :3

A:Placement of the 'Program Files' folder(s)

I found this page where some people moved Program Files. But it didn't look trivial:
Move Program Files

I'm wondering if perhaps you can install your programs to folders underneath program files then move that folder to another physical disk. Then make a hard link to it. That way Windows Registry settings all the rest should still point to the same place. In fact PC Magazine has a utility to do it. I think it costs $7 or $8. Also I've seen some people use other hard link utilities designed for moving games, for free. (In Linux when a partition started to fill up I just made a link to another and moved programs over. It worked quite easily there.)

If you try it I would make plenty of backup images to external drives so that you can get back to square one. But if it's a clean install you're starting with, that's the time to experiment. Also I'd look through Brink's Tutorials. Anything that refers to hard links or junction points.

Read other 9 answers

So apparently I bungled. Upon receiving my new computer, I noticed that there were 2 program files folders. After installing a few programs, I noticed they were all going to X86 folder, so I thought this was an install error on the shipping companies part, and deleted the unnumbered program files folder. Is there a way to fix my messup... will it affect performance, and anything else anyone could inform me that I Fubar'ed up?

A:Deleted 64 bit program files folder

Your problem can probably be corrected with a simple system restore.
System Restore
Go back a few days before the problem

Read other 2 answers

There is a file in my program files (x86) folder titled "Mozilla Firefoxsafeguard-secure-search.xml." I have no idea what this is? Is it a virus?

A:Virus in my program files(x86) folder?

Do you have AVG antivirus?

Read other 27 answers

I think the title explains it pretty well. Basically, I have a Bethesda Softworks folder located in C:/Program Files, but it is not under All Programs. Also, nothing shows up for it when I do a search. I'm running a fresh install of Win 7 32bit

A:Folder in C:/Program Files but not in All Programs

Read other 7 answers