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Cannot install portable applications in Windows 10.

Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2021 4:56 am
by Darrellwilliams
Hello Friends. I can't install any portable applications on Windows 10 PC. Just showing "error opening file for writing" error. I don't know why this is happening and how to solve this problem. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Re: Cannot install portable applications in Windows 10.

Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2021 5:16 am
by Midas
Hi, Darrellwilliams, welcome to TPFC forums.

I don't have a solution for you but just to kick the ball rolling, please tell us if you're able to install non-portable applications alright?

Also (although this isn't a requirement to run portables, it just might be for solving the problem) are you Administrator on that machine?

Re: Cannot install portable applications in Windows 10.

Posted: Mon Feb 08, 2021 2:29 am
by Darrellwilliams
Thanks for replying. You are correct; it seems the issue was with permission. I found this on Google and tried the solutions. After I started the portable Audacity with admin privileges, I didn’t get the error. It seems my Windows 10 is configured to not start or install any application without admin privileges.

Re: Cannot install portable applications in Windows 10.

Posted: Mon Feb 08, 2021 11:16 am
by webfork
Darrellwilliams wrote:
Mon Feb 08, 2021 2:29 am
Thanks for replying. You are correct; it seems the issue was with permission. I found this on Google and tried the solutions. After I started the portable Audacity with admin privileges, I didn’t get the error. It seems my Windows 10 is configured to not start or install any application without admin privileges.
Did you end up resolving the issue? Was it just a case of getting admin access or were there other permissions issues? I ask because I'm surprised to hear that running Audacity required admin. Audio editors are definitely not a program type I associate with higher system functions.

Re: Cannot install portable applications in Windows 10.

Posted: Mon Feb 08, 2021 1:59 pm
by JohnTHaller
If you have it in Program Files or a similar protected area, this will occur.