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I am trying to automate the install of PADS VX.2 or PADS VX.2.2 (made by Mentor Graphics) to be ran with Software Center. It has a proprietary batch tool that I used to make a silent install script, and it runs fine when I call it through an admin power shell or command prompt.

After I distributed it to our servers and ran than install through Software Center, however, a pop up comes up saying there was an error running Dave Navigator (not sure what that is).

It seems like it happens during the post-install scripts that are made by the program. If I click OK and let it finish, then try to run Hyper-lynx DRC I get a pop up saying that PADS Flow is not working/ installed or something to that extent (I probably should have taken a screen shot of that).

Does anyone know why I'm getting this error?

Maybe that Software Center runs the script as SYSTEM or something similar? So far I haven't been able to fix it.

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  • You mostly have the answer, quote from MS support: "Also note that only administrators can run REGISTER." (and SYSTEM account is not exactly an administrator) – Tensibai Jun 7 '18 at 12:14
  • @Tensibai I tried adding SYSTEM to the local administrator group via this code: net localgroup Administrators "SYSTEM" /add which added it as NT Authority\SYSTEM but I still get the pop up. Would that, in theory, be the correct way to give SYSTEM administrative privileges, or is there a different way? – Engineer_Chris Jun 8 '18 at 15:55
  • You can't give SYSTEM administrators rights, it's a well known SID with fixed permissions, you need to run under an administrator account for that, you may set up an at task for that or another way. I don't know Software Center to tell what is the correct/best practice with it to run something as a specific user – Tensibai Jun 8 '18 at 16:03

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