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Installing ArcSDE on Microsoft Windows can lead to the following error message:
You do not have access to make the required system configuration modifications. Please rerun this installation from an administrators account.
If you are already an administrator, it is probably caused by a registry permission problem.
WARNING: This article contains instructions to make specific changes to essential parts of your operating system. If these specific changes are not done correctly, they may cause serious problems to your computer operating system and files. First, ESRI recommends that you make a complete backup of your system, including the registry, before implementing any of the specific changes. It is highly recommended that you consult with your IT/MIS department or other qualified computer systems professional before proceeding.
ESRI cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from incorrect use of the Registry Editor utility. Use the Registry Editor utility at your own risk. Note: Your operating system and any subsequent service packs may affect these instructions. These instructions are subject to change without notice.