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Can't write to Windows Registry

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I have an embroidery software program on my computer. When I go to options to enable the iconizer settings (seeing my design files as pictures), a box comes up that says "Can't write to Windows Registry! If you are running WindowsNT/2000/XP, please log on as Administrator."

I AM the administrator. I went to User Accounts in the control panel and it says I have administrator rights. I have rebooted and rebooted but it still comes up with that error box. Can anyone help?????

Gloria
Oct 2 '06 #1
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Cyberdyne
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Log in with the username: administrator it looks like you have to be the owner of that registry. Are you running win 2000 or XP, if you are running XP Home edition you will have to login in safe mode.

Good Luck.
Oct 2 '06 #2

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Log in with the username: administrator it looks like you have to be the owner of that registry. Are you running win 2000 or XP, if you are running XP Home edition you will have to login in safe mode.

Good Luck.
I am not very computer literate in this area. I know how to access safe mode but how do I log in from that point??
Oct 3 '06 #3

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I am not very computer literate in this area. I know how to access safe mode but how do I log in from that point??
I have Windows XP Home Edition. Figured out how to go to safe mode and log in. Still won't let me change those darn settings in my program.
Oct 3 '06 #4

Cyberdyne
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So you pressed F8 at boot and went into safe mode.. now did you specify the username as administrator? or did you login with your normal username>?

You have to login as administrator if you don't know the password try to put no password at all just the username if that does not work call the manufacturer of your computer and ask them about administrative password.

Let me know what happends

Good Luck
Oct 20 '06 #5

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Logged in as Administrator in Safe Mode. Still no luck. Won't let me change those darn settings! I think my computer is demon possessed.
Nov 21 '06 #6

Cyberdyne
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Logged in as Administrator in Safe Mode. Still no luck. Won't let me change those darn settings! I think my computer is demon possessed.
Ok Lets try reinstalling the program and also look for any program updates, patches online on the manufacturer's website.
Nov 22 '06 #7

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Ok Lets try reinstalling the program and also look for any program updates, patches online on the manufacturer's website.

Uninstalled, reinstalled, unistalled, reinstalled. Nothing helps.
Nov 29 '06 #8

bartonc
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Uninstalled, reinstalled, unistalled, reinstalled. Nothing helps.
Is this one of the Corel products or other maker?
Nov 29 '06 #9

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I had the problem and learned how to do it.
To set the program to access the registry you must logon as administrator.
go to Start- RUN
type in regedit or whatever means you need to access the registry.
Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\~ whatever program you need to install.
Do a right click and look for Permissions - Set permissions for the account that you need to have the rights. Click the box for Full Control.
Save it and logoff the Admin account and log into the other account and you should have access to it.
Aug 29 '07 #10

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Here is what embird says to do in this case.

1. Select "Start > Run" menu in Windows.
2. Type in "regedit" and click OK button to launch Registry Editor application.
3. Locate the key "Computer\HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.{extension}" at the left side of the screen using the tree structure.
4. Double click this key to open it. Probably it will have the "PersistentHandler" subkey. Delete the "PersistentHandler" subkey.
Let me know if it works for you!
Nov 11 '08 #11

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Hi... I'm also puzzled about the registry and have never understood how to maintain it or keep it from corrupting my system somehow.

I've recently had a very frustrating email exchange with Mihal Roman from Spamfighter. Firstly he told me that they have no intention of fixing the bugs and various flaws in the antispam software, saying that this is how the software is intended to work and there's no need to improve it or release any bug-fixes in the future. It's good enough, he claimed. (I was complaining about spam emails that weren't being blocked, despite my marking them as spam and adding their addresses and domains to the black list). He then said it's perfectly OK for the Spamfighter software to use the registry to store and maintain the black and white lists.

Is that right?

It means that every time I receive email (and I get around 1,000 emails a day), Spamfighter is writing to the registry. And so far there are about 20,000 entries for all the black-listed emails that I've already imported.

Isn't there a risk of corrupting the registry (particularly if there are outstanding bugs and security holes in the software that aren't being maintained)? I would have thought that the registry needs to be backed up before any major changes (like installing new software). But if the registry is being used as a private database file for an application then almost anything could cause a serious system crash - maybe something as little as a power failure in the middle of receiving emails and/or marking an email as spam or not-spam.

Should I be worried? Should I uninstall Spamfighter?
Nov 27 '13 #12

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