The problems began when I started to populate my system with the various programs I've been using successfully for years under SP2.
After the SP3 upgrade, I've had to install these programs with Administrator authority. Trying to load them as a limited account user resulted in a Windows security popup forcing Adminstrator installation status.
If, immediately after installation, I attempt to run these programs as a limited account they start to run (sort of) normally, then display pop-ups of missing DLLs from time to time. Despite this, they seem to limp along to a successful conclusion? updating my files correctly and saving them on request.
These same programs run without problems under Administrator status. But once they have been run under Administrator, they fail to run under a user with limited account status The applications then freeze with their startup logo and produce the message:
Failed to update the system registry.
Please try using REGEDIT.
All the programs affected are somewhat long in the tooth (old!), and include KeyCAD 3.0 and parts of Lotus Smartsuite 9.8.
I've searched the web and MS KB where the most promising feedback is in KB255130. However, KB255130 does appear to be specific to Acrobat Reader, and I'm after a more generic approach that I can apply to any instance where I hit this problem. I have several more important programs to load!!!
Any help or guidance will be gratefully received
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