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Well it looks like I'm screwed in getting any of the keys from my steam games off of my own pc as steam will not properly install, uninstall, or delete all the files in that or any other folder i attempt to install steam into. It always fails saying steam.exe cannot be written/edited due to insufficient rights. My profile is the administrator, i'm running it in admin mod, what the hell steam.

The only thing I can think of to attempt to get steam to work on my system again would be to nuke and pave, which i'd much like to avoid as I did a fresh install within the last month or so.

The oh so fantastic part about steam too is you can't see your keys unless you attempt to install the game, unless anyone knows another way around this? Hard to play the first borderlands DLC with my fiancee if neither of us can pull up our keys from steam due to the fact i cant install it on my computer and our connection to steam is intermittent at best. Its looking like I may shift more to D2D and Origin as I can at least look up my damn serial keys on their websites, no need for the desktop browser!
post #2 of 32
Right click....view cd key....
post #3 of 32
Look at something called file and folder permissions and ownership.

http://www.blogsdna.com/2159/how-to-...-windows-7.htm
post #4 of 32
Thread Starter 
Impossible if I can't run steam, also the game has to be installed in the steam directory, which on my computer is impossible as i can't even launch steam at all. If you delete the steam directory it takes all your games with you, how fun!

On her system all it would have yielded would have been her key, though she couldn't launch it in off-line mode without it asking her to connect to steam.

I already did that, I have full permissions.
post #5 of 32
Regardless if you are admin/launching with admin, the following will need to be done, or just reinstall steam to an entirely NEW folder

Go to each and every "steam" folder individually, ie

c:\\program files\\

if 64, c:\\program files(x86)?\\ etc,

and right click on the first folder for steam, go under security, make sure everything is admin change all access..

Then go INTO the folder, and repeate the process separately to every bloody folder.

Then go into EACH OF THOSE FOLDERS... and repeat...

Even if you hit OK/apply all... it won't actually do it... it's stupid/dumb like that...

Then try the install feature again...

I typically install Steam to c:\\games\\ <--- ie new folder separate from win7's and win vista's doomed program file permission f* ups...

Works everytime for me..

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post #6 of 32
Go into your steam folder, find the steamapps folder and copy it. That folder is where all your games are kept. Copy it somewhere as a backup. Then delete the steam folder, reinstall (create a new admin account and run steam installer as admin as a precaution) then replace the steamapps folder.

L2Steam.
post #7 of 32
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Originally Posted by Arinoth View Post
I already did that, I have full permissions.
Apparently you did not do it properly.
post #8 of 32
Thread Starter 
Le_Loup,

I've tried this already, it seems that there are still a few steam files left over and keep repopulating themselves in the "empty" aka fully deleted steam folder. NewSteam.exe, Steam.exe and I can't remember the third but they always stick around. Tell it to install to a different folder and those files now magically move to this new folder and prevent me from installing steam.

I'll try straight off the C: drive, or perhaps my surrogate D: HDD to see if i can at least get it to install, however anything in program files (x86) or regular just seems to repeat this fun bug.
post #9 of 32
Make sure the steam folder and steam.exe has full rights to be run on the account your logged into. Try giving the 'Every one' permission.
post #10 of 32
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Originally Posted by linkin93 View Post
Go into your steam folder, find the steamapps folder and copy it. That folder is where all your games are kept. Copy it somewhere as a backup. Then delete the steam folder, reinstall (create a new admin account and run steam installer as admin as a precaution) then replace the steamapps folder.

L2Steam.
What part of steam literally will not complete a successful install did you miss?

I have the steamapps folder backed up elsewhere, however it is little to no use if steam itself will not install fully on my ssd anymore.
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