1.    11 Dec 2015 #1
    Join Date : Dec 2015
    Posts : 2
    windows 10

    Google Earth won't install - admin privileges required (I am admin)

    Frustrated with admin rights - Please help me.

    Just purchased new PC - HP Pavilion desktop and upgraded to Windows 10 during installation. I've downloaded Google Chrome as my default search engine with no issues. I've attempted several times to download Google Earth. Download fails: "Google Earth needs administrator privileges to install."

    I am the only user on this PC and User Account type indicates that I'm the "Administrator".

    Why won't Google Earth install?
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  2.    11 Dec 2015 #2
    Join Date : Nov 2015
    Posts : 1,648
    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1607 Build 14393.105

    Hello and welcome!

    Sometimes you have to run the installation file and deliberately make it "Run as Administrator" by right clicking on the downloaded file and selecting this option. Not sure if this is the case with Google Earth but worth a try.
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  3.    11 Dec 2015 #3
    Join Date : Dec 2015
    Posts : 2
    windows 10

    Unable to locate option to deliberately "run as administrator". I'm still at a loss. Any chance that Google Earth is not compatible with Windows 10?
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  4.    11 Jan 2016 #4
    Join Date : Jan 2016
    Posts : 1
    Windows 10

    Quote Originally Posted by Hitchy23 View Post
    Unable to locate option to deliberately "run as administrator". I'm still at a loss. Any chance that Google Earth is not compatible with Windows 10?
    I had EXACTLY the same problem after upgrading to Windows 10.

    1. Find the executable file that downloaded. It is probably in your Download folder, but if not, search for GoogleEarthSetup or download Google Earth again and click on the arrow on the right of the rectangular representation of the download at the bottom of the screen (if using Chrome) to see which folder your download has gone to.

    2. Right click on the GoogleEarthSetup executable (application) file when you find it and choose "Run as Administrator"

    3. After a few seconds, I then got an "Error 1603" message, so I searched for Google Earth using the Windows 10 Search facility and noticed the Google Earth desktop app was actually there. So I right clicked on it and pinned it to the Taskbar, launched it and it worked.

    It is entirely possible the program had installed the first time around, despite the "administrator privileges" error. So maybe do step 3 first and start from step 1 if it is not there.
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