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Can't open user profile directory, because you lack sufficient privileges. You might want to contact the administrator of this machine. OK

  • This problem has been around for years and nobody from Opera seems to have addressed the problem or even acknowledges that it exists. The only advice I have seen given is do a chkdsk, well I find that insulting to be frank. You only have to do a search to see just how many people are affected by this. Instead of more knobs and whistles on an already good browser (apart from that little problem) why do the techies not address this problem?

    A work around I tried is this:
    Do a clean reboot, before doing anything else open windows explorer.
    Move to the profile directory in my case it is C:\Users\John\AppData\Roaming\Opera Software
    create a new directory in there called Opera Stable 2, then copy everything from the Opera Stable directory into it, and rename the Opera Stable directory something else, I just called it Opera Stable old. Then rename Opera Stable2 by removing the 2.

    Then I opened the Opera browser to find it hadn't worked. I only included this diatribe to show

    a) how desperate I was to try anything
    b) to save anyone else wasting to trying it.

  • @speeednet Rename Opera's profile directory. Then open Opera so a new profile directory will be created.

    Copy your data from the old, renamed directory, to the new one. Open Opera.

    If it doesn't work, then your profile may be broken or some setting in your OS is blocking Opera access to the directory.

  • If trying a new profile folder doesn't work, temporarily create a new user on Windows, log into it and try Opera there. If it works fine there, it's something messed up with your normal user account. Might be a registry setting or file permission or something is corrupted.