unable to install 2.x

Using either the .exe or zip I get the following error popup when attempting to install on a mature windows 7 PC

Setup was unable to create the directory
Error 5:Access is denied

Michael McDougall

You’ll have to allow write access to “C:UsersMichaelAppDataLocalTemp”. To do so, log in as administrator, right-click over that folder, choose Properties, then on the “General” tab, uncheck “Read-only…” and click OK. If that does not take effect, click the “Security” tab in the same Properties sheet then make the necessary changes.

If that folder is not read-only or denied, then are you running the installer from temporary space instead of downloading it? Try right-click > “Save target as…” or “Save link as…” to download the installer, then run it.

If all else fails, download the zip of Audacity: http://audacity.googlecode.com/files/audacity-win-2.0.5.zip and extract the Audacity folder therein to a location of your choosing.

If “C:UsersMichaelAppDataLocalTemp” does not have write access, then you will also need on starting Audacity to choose Edit > Preferences, then Directories on the left, then click “Choose…”, select another temporary directory, click OK as needed, then restart Audacity.


I got a clue from your complete response. It turns out that running an executable file (.exe) requires (on my setup at least) that I right click on the file and click “run as administrator”. A simple double click to run the installer doesn’t work.

I don’t recall encountering this detail previously but there it is. . .

Thanks for the cludes. Audacity is a great program.


The FAQ does say that you must be an administrator to install programs:
http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/faq_installation_and_plug_ins.html#exe .

But you shouldn’t need to be an administrator to write to your own user temporary folder, which is where the installer failed.