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problem running Lotus after load.

by arkyduck / September 28, 2009 11:23 AM PDT

I have a Dell Dimension 4400 with Windows XP. I have Lotus SmartSuite 97 loaded and it runs fine. I thought I would update to a new version so I could run Lotus on a New desktop with Vista which I plan to purchase down the road. Any way, I bought Lotus SmartSuite 9.8.1 which is designed to run on XP and tried to load it in the Dell. It loaded ok with no warnings and booted up without a hitch, except when I accessed 123, I got a warning box that said the following: Registry Error- You cannot write into the registry because you do not have the appropriate privileges. I am logged on as the administrator for this computer so I don't understand. The old program runs OK. Has anyone else had this problem? Do I have to edit the registry? If I do, I haven't a clue on how to do it. Thanks

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Bluntly? Administrator is not God.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 28, 2009 11:14 PM PDT

Many need the short lesson about permissions. I can't give the long version here. That's covered in books and classrooms. So here's the short lesson.

The admin account must still obey PERMISSIONS set on files and registry. This error is also known when Spybot is installed so dump that and try again if that applies.

Back to registry permissions. You need to find the key that it complained about. Then you can add your admin capable account to it's permissions, owners and such.

More reading at

Fairly advanced stuff so give yourself time to learn up.

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Registry Permissions
by arkyduck / September 30, 2009 5:09 AM PDT

Thanks for the info Bob but that registry editing is too deep for me. It's hard for me to believe that a company as big as IBM still makes and sells software that will not load and run for the average human being. I don't have Spybot on my computer. When I ran regedit a box came up with about 5 items listed and they all pertained to the Lotus program. I assumed they were flagged for a reason but nothing tells me what to do with them.

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Big or small.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 30, 2009 5:24 AM PDT
In reply to: Registry Permissions

Let's take a look at the trouble iTunes had with this (same) issue. There are some millions of PCs with people all over the map with registry cleaners, custom installs by HP, IBM, Sony and 45 other companies. It's almost a miracle that there is not more trouble.

Ok back to the registry keys. Once you find the keys in question read about how to edit permissions. It is an advanced topic but all we need to do is to check that our account that we use has full permission.

Many tech support people struggle with this but the better ones tend to go quiet as they dive in and add, change the permissions either at the service counter or via remote control.

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