there is no c:\temp folder, so the directory is flooded with around 150 tmp files and folders. i cannot delete them without first modifying the security settings for each item, one at a time, despite my admin account. confounding this problem is i cannot create new folders (i.e., "Temp") on the drive; i get a permissions error. if i could delete, it seems a worthless pursuit--without a proper temp dir, new tmp files and folders will still be created, yes?
many programs will not run, either, presumably because of this problem. they simply won't run at all, and do not trip any error messages as to what the problem may be. in one case [probably due to the "trusted installer" settings] i was able to reinstall firefox to a different directory...reinstalling all progs is not an option, because 1) too much [bleep] work; and 2) it is not a panacea, as it failed to be the answer for my logitech mouse. other progs, however, work as they should, without any hint as to why.
i looked at permissions and security settings for the drive via right-clicking in winexplore, and i think the machine laughed at me.
this is a new machine running vistahp, and i am the only user.
thank you for your time.