Windows 10: Software Installation - Error 2203?

  1.    13 Mar 2016 #1

    Software Installation - Error 2203?

    I've been running Windows 10 Home on three systems since Nov. 2015. I have repeatedly run into this error when installing or even uninstalling software. I never received this error while running Windows 7.

    I have spent hours researching this, and believe it is a permission issue. Even though I have an administrator account on all of the systems, and have the UAC setting to "Never Notify", I got numerous notifications when copying/renaming/etc. files. I also got this error.

    I have gone into my "most used" folders and given myself full control permission. I did the same on my Windows "Installer" folder and user account "Temp" folder. This helped significantly!

    I still run into the Error 2203. I now found if I set the following registry value to "0" and reboot, I workaround the error:


    However, I have to re-enable this after doing the install/uninstall that gave the error. Windows won't let me run Edge, etc. if this is set to "0".

    What's up with this error? I know have a workaround, but something isn't right. Thanks for any replies!
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  2.    17 Mar 2016 #2

    Hi, if it is a permissions issue - and of course you shouldn't have to do what you're doing- you could perhaps try's free repair tool, work thru the cautious initial preparatory stages, and then try the various permissions repairs.

    It might help if you quote the exact error msg.

    But hopefully you've got this sorted out by now..
    Last edited by dalchina; 18 Mar 2016 at 06:10.
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  3.    17 Mar 2016 #3

    Thanks dalchina!

    It's hard to believe that I would have a permission issue on three different systems where I have done a clean install of Windows 10...... I'm surprised there are not more people with this issue.
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  4.    18 Mar 2016 #4

    Hi, I hadn't appreciated you were seeing this on all 3 - I'd assumed you meant on just 1 of 3 as this isn't a normal situation. You certainly shouldn't have to change permissions like this which might have long term unexpected consequences in the worst case.

    Could you post the full message you get which I understand is generated if you move/copy/rename.

    The registry mod you're doing is to do with UAC and behaviour of the elevated command prompt.

    1. If these are networked, perhaps a virus.
    2. Sthg installed that is common to these.
    3. Sthg conflicting in some manner.


    Ensure the symptom is present.
    (Which may mean reversing some changes you've made)
    1. Try a clean boot and see if this is observed then
    Clean Boot - Perform in Windows 10 to Troubleshoot Software Conflicts - Windows 10 Forums

    If not resolved:
    2. Use Shellexview (free) to disable shell extensions which might be conflicting.
    Hide all MS extensions, disable all others. (No need to log off). See if symptom disappears.
    If any effect, enable groups of extensions until symptom recurs.

    Finally you can also check in Safe Mode.

    More possibilities:
    In an elevated command prompt type
    chkdsk C: /F
    (Or whichever disk/partition is relevant).

    when renaming folders in Windows 10 - Super User

    [Fix] Cannot Rename Or Move Folders In Windows 10, Due To Missing FolderDescriptions Registry Entries - The Winhelponline Blog
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  5.    18 Mar 2016 #5

    Thanks again. I regularly run chkdsk C: /f

    I'm not willing to undo all of the things I've done to troubleshoot this. I have a work around.
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  6.    18 Mar 2016 #6

    Fine I understand you do not want any more assistance. Good luck.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    18 Mar 2016 #7

    I do thank you.

    One thing I can show is the 2203 error during an installation:

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    This was attempting to install the Fed Government's SS calculator that I have used for many years. If I disable LUA in the registry, it will install fine.

    Thanks again
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  8.    18 Mar 2016 #8

    Thanks, much easier to look up now.

    I believe that's what you have addressed as regards permissions
    Fix for During Office 2010 Setup
    is a nicely presented article FYI.
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  9.    19 Mar 2016 #9

    Thanks for the link. While I had given my user name full control of %Temp%, I now added "Everyone" with full control. I'll see how this goes.
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