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Can not install

I had Skype installed & working, then received update a few days ago that automatically installed. It got half way through then stopped with message that said it could not complete installation because I did not have Admin. privileges. I DO! and it was working up to that point. From that point on it no longer worked. I tried to reinstall it but it would not. I uninstalled everything and tried a clean install. I now get the message: "The installer has insufficent privileges to access this directory C:\Programdata\Microsoft\Windows\Start menu\Programs\Skype and says to log on as Administrator. I already am. I am the Administrator & have no problems installing any other software.

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I must admit that I’ve run out of ideas how to solve the permissions issue. There was another, similar problem reported her, but the issue was due to McAfee and you have tried to turn your AVG off.

 

community.skype.com/t5/Windows/Insufficient-privileges-to-modify-this-file-C-Program-Files/td-p/39706/page/2

 

However, if you want, you can always create the so called portable Skype installation, which actually doesn’t require any installation program. If you follow the method outlined here

 

community.skype.com/t5/General-Discussion/Searching-for-a-person-in-a-specific-country/m-p/178200#M1472

 

you will be able to setup any version of Skype on your computer without using any installation program. The only what you need is a copy of Skype.exe file. If you know someone who can provide you with this file, then this would be the best solution. If not, then I have uploaded a copy of Skype.exe ver 5.5.0.119 (as a zip file) here:

 

rapidshare.com/files/3307678749/Skype_550119.zip?bin=1 (add https:// in front of this link)

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This may help you:

 

answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_programs/cannot-install-any-new-programs-start-menu-has/8aa1eb74-532c-42de-8b99-bde8c7d43270

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Tried the link...copied the instructions and did what it said...rebooted. Still will not install. Still get the same message as before.

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What Antivirus or other security software do you have installed on your computer? Perhaps you can temporary disable your antivirus and try to install again.
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I'm running AVG, the full version. Turned it off & tried the install. Still no go. Same message.

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If you go to this folder: C:\Programdata\Microsoft\Windows\Start menu\Programs\Skype, what do you see there? Is there a file named Skype and with type Shortcut? If you go to the folder: C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone (replace Program Files with Program Files (x86) if your Windows is 64 bit), can you see there file named Skype.exe?
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There is NO Skype in any of these folders. Because I could not get Skype to work ever since it automatically updated itself & even after a reinstall, I uninstalled it & tried a new install. As of now I have no Skype in any folder. That's the problem. I am trying a new install & it won't let me.

BTW, I'm running Windows 7 x64.

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Make sure that you can see hidden files and folders (see this: forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=74220). Open the directory C:\ProgramData. Can you see there a folder with the name Skype?
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Yes. BTW, I had already done that with hidden folders.

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OK. You should see there one or more subfolders with a very long name and all encapsulated in curl brackets “{}”. Open the one with the most recent date. You should see there a file with the name Skype.msi. Right click on this file and select Install.
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