HKey\Local Machine\Software

February 10, 2007 at 07:40:22
Specs: XP sp2, P4
Hkey\Local Machine\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Run

this area is protected/restricted so that I can not install my new antivirus program (Grisoft AVG 7.5) because it is trying to add something to this area in the registry. I did a full uninstall of the older version (7.1) which had to be done in safemode, but I'm still unable to install the newer version atm.

Was the new updates from microsoft protecting this area? or is there another program I'm running that is preventing anything to access there?

Granted that in safemode I can access this area, but the antivirus will not install in safemode.

Anyone have any suggestions??

Thanks in advance,

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February 10, 2007 at 08:02:46
There is nothing built into Windows that protects this registry key, but there are plenty of spy-ware and pop-up blockers that do.

Something else you are ruining is protecting it. You can find out by a process of elimination.


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February 10, 2007 at 08:10:04

...but the antivirus will not install in safemode

Programs made for XP will not install in safe mode.


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February 10, 2007 at 10:30:08
i came across the same problem a few weeks ago ... can't remember the solution but can you post the exact error message you get when installing AVG 7.5

Today's subliminal thought is: 'Calm down ... it's only ones and zeros.'

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February 11, 2007 at 04:09:40
Its good to hear this what kind of software monitoring your computer. I want to have one like that. Well i guess you had installed a software monitoring the registry key, thats why you can't upgrade the windows registry. Try to check first if you have a full access to your computer, maybe your account is limited.
Have Fun.
By the way if you can find out what kind of software that is blocking your registry, can you post it, please. Thanks

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February 11, 2007 at 07:15:56
Ad-Watch will do it but you have to pay for it. It comes with the paid version of Ad-Ware from Lavasoft.


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February 12, 2007 at 07:11:28
This is the error message when installing AVG 7.5

Local machine: installation failed
Error: Checking of state of the item registry key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run failed.
Insufficient system resources exist to complete the requested service. (1450)

7.1 was what I had but it did not see anything. Because I have been using the free version, AVG only sends automated replies to direct me to FAQ's which was no help at all.

I tried sequential uninstalling everything that I run just to see what was causing it.

I got a similar error message re-installing WinPatrol as I did with AVG.

Zone Lab's ZoneAlarm would install, but it is just a firewall.

I use the free version of Lavasoft's Adaware but it didn't find anything (even on re-install).

Mcafee's free online virus check found nothing.

SUPERAntiSpyware found nothing.

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February 12, 2007 at 07:56:12
This is a different error then the one in your original post.

This error is probably related to memory. Windows should never run out of memory as long as virtual memory is configured correctly.

Check you page file configuration to see it is not fixed at a certain value. Let Windows manage it. Ensure you have enough space on the system drive to store the page file. At least three times the amount of RAM you have. How much RAM do you have?


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February 13, 2007 at 13:51:08
2 Gigs of ram, and it's bearly touched when I start up.. over 80 gigs of harddrive space still available. Virtual Memory has a Gig to play with.


This area in the registry is restricted still, except when in safe mode. Since I uninstalled everything that could block that area, it has to be something else.

Since AVG needs to put something there to install, and it cant, I get that error. Why it's saying "Insufficient system resources exist to complete the requested service. (1450)" is probably the logical error it would give when it cant put that line into the registry at that location.

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March 20, 2007 at 21:51:07
I'm having a similar issue. This is the error I get (exact Reg Key will change):

Error: Action failed for registry key HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Eventlog\Application\Avg7UpdSvc: creating registry key....
Insufficient system resources exist to complete the requested service. (1450)

AVG 7.5 never installs.

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