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--VST3 Win--the installer has insufficient privileges to access this directory?

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How can I fix?

Check your permissions

Sometimes this error can be caused if you don’t have the necessary permissions over the installation directory. According to Microsoft, in order to install certain software SYSTEM group or Everyone group needs to have Full control over the installation directory.

You can change these settings easily by following these steps:

1. Locate the installation directory that is giving you problems. Right-click it and choose Properties. Keep in mind that sometimes you might have to change the security permissions for the parent folder as well in order to fix this problem.
2. Go to the Security tab and click Edit.

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3. In Group or user names section select SYSTEM or Everyone and click the Full control in the Allow column. If you don’t have SYSTEM or Everyone available, you’ll need to add it. To do that, click the Add button.

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4. Select Users or Groups window will now appear. In the Enter the object names to select field enter Everyone or SYSTEM and click Check Names button. If your input is valid, click the OK button.
5. SYSTEM or Everyone group will now be added. Select it and check Full control in the Allow column.
6. Click Apply and OK to save changes.

After making the necessary changes, try to install the application again and check if the problem is resolved.

As we already mentioned, sometimes you might have to change the permissions of the parent folder, so if you’re trying to install an application to Program Files/My_Application directory, you might have to change the permissions for Program Files directory.

Still having the same issue?

Third-party applications can sometimes interfere with your setup process, but you can fix this problem simply by closing them. One common cause for this error can be your security software, therefore we advise you to temporarily disable it and check if that solves the issue.

Change the owner of the parent directory

If you’re getting The installer has insufficient privileges to access this directory error, you might be able to fix it simply by changing the owner of the parent directory.

For example, if you’re getting this error while trying to install a certain application in your Program Files directory, you just need to take ownership of the Program Files directory.

Bear in mind that you might have to take ownership of a different directory depending on where you want to install the desired application.

1. Locate the parent folder, right-click it, and choose Properties.
2. Go to the Security tab and click Advanced.

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3. Next to the owner’s name click the Change link.

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4. In the Enter the object names to select field enter Administrators and click Check Names. If your input is valid, click OK.

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5. Owner should now be changed to Administrators. Check Replace owner on subcontainers and objects and click Apply and OK to save changes.
6. You’ll get a message to close the current window and open it again. Be sure to do that.
7. Once the window opens again, check if Administrators and SYSTEM group have full control over this folder. If these groups aren’t available, you’ll have to add them.
8. Click Select a principal.

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9. In the Enter the object name to select field enter Administrators or SYSTEM and click Check Names. If your input is correct, click OK to save changes. You might have to repeat this step to add both Administrators and SYSTEM group.
10. Select Full control and click Apply and OK.

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11. Check Replace all child object permissions entries with inheritable permission entries from this object and click Apply and OK.

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Keep in mind that changing ownership over certain folders such as Program Files can be potentially dangerous, therefore create a backup and System Restore point before starting this process.

Run the setup as administrator

Users reported that The installer has insufficient privileges to access this directory error appears if you don’t have administrator privileges while installing certain software.

You can easily fix this problem simply by right-clicking the setup file and choosing the Run as administrator option. After doing that, you should be able to install the application without any problems.
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