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Windows 7: Steam will not install 'administrator has set policies to prevent ins

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November 11, 2011 11:56:40 PM

Hey guys,

Steam will not install due to the error message 'administrator has set policies to prevent this installation'
-I have disabled UAC
-Fixed registry issues with CCleaner
-My copy of Win 7 Home premium install is clean
-turned off windows firewall, then tried to re-install

I have trolled the internet for solutions, but I am seriously frustrated, so any help would be great!!!
November 12, 2011 12:19:00 AM

have you tried "run as administrator"?
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November 12, 2011 12:21:06 AM

If it is your computer then you are the administrator or you can sign in as the administrator.
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November 14, 2011 8:47:42 PM

I have tried the 'Run as admisnistator' and it comes up with the same error message, unfortunately I beleive my comp has a problem with .msi files, because I cannot run Origin or Windows Live either, but I do not get the same error message from them, as I do with Steam
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November 14, 2011 9:22:30 PM

CrazyCarl said:
I have tried the 'Run as admisnistator' and it comes up with the same error message, unfortunately I beleive my comp has a problem with .msi files, because I cannot run Origin or Windows Live either, but I do not get the same error message from them, as I do with Steam

I know this isn't the most helpful, but when I begin to see issues with the way Windows installs applications and manages updates, I go back and do a fresh install from scratch. It's generally a way to guarantee not having problems like that going forward.
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November 17, 2011 1:23:25 AM

Your probably right, good thing I have an external hard drive, thanks l0ckd0wn
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November 17, 2011 1:42:37 PM

^^ Formats are nothing more then an admission of defeat.

From your description, it kinda sounds like your account doesn't have install privilages, which should be easy to change within the control panel while logged in as the admin. I'd check and see what permissions your account has before doing anything.
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November 17, 2011 3:37:08 PM

Since this is his home computer the question becomes "How did he lose his install priveleges and by whom?". Is it a corrupt install of the OS or something else?

I'd start with a good A/V scan + malwarebytes.
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November 23, 2011 11:45:08 PM

gamerk316- It may say newcomer on my info, but I am far from a noob when it comes to the basic interworkings of my PC. I have installed numerous games without any issues. I have been trolling the internet for WEEKS to find another solution to this problem other than re-installing my OS. I have checked my permissions, I am the admin, there are no other users besides me, so either it has to be a virus/malware or something up with a windows program. I am sorry if I sound frustrated, but I am.

Hawkeye22- I have SpySweeper and Malwarebytes. I have updated and run both, nothing comes up. Also I had a computer tech install the old OS, I have not had any other issues with any programs, until all these .msi files.
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