I have a new Windows 7 laptop (64 bit), and struggling at times to learn how to use it. I'm in the habit on my Windows XP desktop, of downloading setup/installer files into Program Files, where I set things up as follows:
----Inkscape tutorial #1
Sorry, I can't figure out how to make a single-space. Hopefully you can see that I put my setup/installer file in its own folder, alongside the program folder, both within what I guess you could call an "umbrella folder". For example you can see that I might also put a tutorial or some other related item -- I'm very organized. So when I download, I would put the setup/installer or zip file into 'Inkscape installer' or 'Tetris installer'. Then when I install or unzip, I do so into 'Inkscape program' or 'Tetris program'. That's how I do it on my XP desktop computer, and have been for years. But here in Windows 7, when I try to download into Program Files, I get an error message:
"You don't have permission to save in this location. Contact the administrator to obtain permission." I AM the adiminstrator, my user account is the only one on this computer, and it's the adminstrator account!
After spending hours (5 or 6) with Dell tech support, finally I am told that in Windows 7, manual download directly into Program Files is not allowed. Files can only be installed directly or moved in after downloading elsewhere. I was ready to accept that and create a new sort of workflow for myself, perhaps keeping my installer files all in one folder, outside of Program Files. But then, while searching these forums, I came across this thread: http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7files/thread/d2bb7c3c-bf0b-4ea6-8463-42461a56c105 It offers instructions for changing permissions. And I think I can probably follow those instructions without further help. But just before I did, I thought I should ask whether that applies to my particular problem, that I detailed above, including error message.
Have I been misinformed by Dell (it wouldn't be the 1st time). By following those instructions, will I be able to download in my usual manner? Or at the very least, can I try it relatively safely, without major complications?
I suspect that even if it doesn't solve my problem, it may reduce all the other permission related message boxes that keep popping up -- moving files around, etc. I hope so anyway.
Thanks for you help and attention. I really appreciate it :-)