Can't install anything on Windows 10

I'm trying to install AMD Catalyst Drivers for my AMD GPU and the pop up for administrator privileges comes up, but it immediately disappears. This also happens on any other software I try to install. Also, I sometimes get an error. I don't remember the exact error, but if it comes up again I'll post a screencap of it. 

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Have you tried right clicking on the installers .exe and selecting Run as Administrator from the context menu instead of just clicking to run it? 

My Antivirus wouldn't install and I had to temporarily set the User Account Controls to off (Never Notify).  That may also help. 

Good Luck

 

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I tried that, and the pop up stayed long enough for me to click yes, but I got an error. I'll post a screenshot at the bottom of this message. 

How would I set the User Account Controls to off?

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Yikes...

To set the Account Controls to Off the settings are actually in the traditional Control Panel.  If you don't already know where that is you can type Control Panel into the search box to locate it. 

Then it is  under User Accounts. Click the link that says Change User account Control Settings.  This may or may not work but worth a shot. Here's a screen shot.  Don't forget to turn them bac on after.

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That error seems to indicate that there may be a damaged or corrupted file in your system. The fix may not be so easy Account Control may bypass it but there may be more work needed.  You could try the MS fixit tool located here.

https://support2.microsoft.com/fixit/

To get the tool you need for that select 1: Windows 2: Install or Upgrade software or hardware > Install or Remove Programs.  3: Will be the first item listed in the box below.

Or you may need to run a system file check.  That can be done from the command prompt.  If you cant locate it type CMD in the search box.  Right click on it and select Run as Admin.   in the prompt type the following command

sfc /scannow

This will run a legthy scan on your PC and attempt to fix or repair any corrupted files.

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I can't even run cmd as administrator. This is the error I get...

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I FOUND THE SOLUTION!!!

Search for "services" in the windows search thing, and disable and re enable "Windows Audio."

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I had three problems after installing Windows 10:

1.  Couldn't install anything

2.  Computer did nothing when I hit SHUTDOWN

3.  System Protection wouldn't find any drives

I have no idea why, but a solution I read in another forum has resolved all three.

Go into the advanced Power Options and uncheck "Enable Fast Start"

Lord knows why that should work, but it did.

Hope it works for others having the same problem(s).

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I can't find advanced power options?

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I'm adding a response here to help folks who may have run into the problem I was having. I upgraded my Windows 7 Pro to Windows 10 Pro and for the longest time after the update I kept running into installation/upgrade issues with various applications including iTunes, Skype, etc... The event log would show that the installer errors out for various but one of the common errors would be 1603 or 1602  etc... I was just living with an older version of iTunes. The problem seemed like some sort of permissions issue but I don't fully understand Window's permissions on the various folders. 

So searching around I ran into this tool from the www.tweaking.com to repair a windows installation and so I downloaded their free version and ran it and to my surprise it fixed the problems. The program runs a bunch of different Microsoft tools to fix-up your Windows installation and some of these tools take a while to complete. I think on my system, the tweaking program ran for 2+ hrs in safe mode. But one of the areas it "fixes" is to set all the default permissions to the various folders (Program Files, Windows, etc...). I don't know why my system was messed up and can only assume it was the "windows 10 update" that didn't handle things well but the tweaking tool fixed it for me and now I'm able to install all of the problem programs.

The tool is also real good at telling the user (and providing an interface) to 1) backup their registry, and 2) create a save point in case things go badly. 

"Tweaking.com - Windows Repair" at www.tweaking.com

p.s. I'm not affiliated with the tweaking folks and I'll point out that the free version of their tool fixed my problem. 

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yes, am using windows 10, but now i cant install anything form play store and i cant upgrade also.. 

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