Clicking "Add/Remove Windows Components" causes an error and does not launch the program

Published: September 26, 2004
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When you click "Add/Remove Windows Components" in the Add/Remove Programs applet, the following error may occur:

The program cannot start, probably because your user account does not have permission to modify the system registry.

For more information, view the Application Event Log.


The application could not be initialized.

This happens if your user account does not have Write access to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Setup \ Oc Manager \ TemporaryData


Related links

How To Use the Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 Registry Editor Features