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Anrchy256
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Error message "No skins available at C:\\Users\MYNAME\Music\OneDrive\Documents\Rainmeter\Skins\

Anrchy256 » January 4th, 2019, 8:17 pm

Hello, I don't understand this error message at all and have no idea how to change where the skins are located. Also when I attempt to install a new skin it will open the installer and start but never finish, it only continuously keeps loading. Please help!!
Anrchy256
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Re: Error message "No skins available at C:\\Users\MYNAME\Music\OneDrive\Documents\Rainmeter\Skins\

Anrchy256 » January 4th, 2019, 8:31 pm

Never mind I fixed the location, but a new problem arises. I don't know what this means: it says its unable to create whatever file of the skin i'm trying to install.
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balala
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Re: Error message "No skins available at C:\\Users\MYNAME\Music\OneDrive\Documents\Rainmeter\Skins\

balala » January 4th, 2019, 8:44 pm

Have you restarted Rainmeter after changed the path of the Skins? Because this is absolutely needed. I mean completely restart: right click Rainmeter icon in the Notification Area and click Exit. Then restart Rainmeter from the Start menu.
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Re: Error message "No skins available at C:\\Users\MYNAME\Music\OneDrive\Documents\Rainmeter\Skins\

eclectic-tech » January 4th, 2019, 9:27 pm

It would really help us help you if you gave us a copy of your Rainmeter settings; "About", "Version" tab, "Copy to clipboard" button, and paste in to this thread...

Example:
Rainmeter 4.3.0.3273 beta (64-bit)
Language: English (1033)
Build time: 2019-01-03 8:50:26
Commit Hash: d51b0947
Windows 10 Pro 1809 64-bit (build 17763) - English (1033)
Path: C:\Program Files\Rainmeter\
SkinPath: C:\Users\John\Rainmeter\Skins\
SettingsPath: C:\Users\John\AppData\Roaming\Rainmeter\
IniFile: C:\Users\John\AppData\Roaming\Rainmeter\Rainmeter.ini

That way we know what you installed.

For future reference, here is a good guideline to help us give you better answers to your questions. :welcome:

Thanks!
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Re: Error message "No skins available at C:\\Users\MYNAME\Music\OneDrive\Documents\Rainmeter\Skins\

Anrchy256 » January 5th, 2019, 2:32 am

4.2.0 r3111 64-bit (Jul 8 2018) - English (1033)
Windows 10 Home 1809 64-bit (build 17763) - English (1033)
Path: C:\Program Files\Rainmeter\
SkinPath: C:\Program Files\Rainmeter\Defaults\Skins\
SettingsPath: C:\Users\mckea\AppData\Roaming\Rainmeter\
IniFile: C:\Users\mckea\AppData\Roaming\Rainmeter\Rainmeter.ini
Anrchy256
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Re: Error message "No skins available at C:\\Users\MYNAME\Music\OneDrive\Documents\Rainmeter\Skins\

Anrchy256 » January 5th, 2019, 2:33 am

and yes i have restarted it, i eventually fixed the issue by unzipping the skins with winrar and putting them in the skin folder but this means spotify players and custom skin setting menus dont work
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Re: Error message "No skins available at C:\\Users\MYNAME\Music\OneDrive\Documents\Rainmeter\Skins\

eclectic-tech » January 5th, 2019, 3:14 am

Anrchy256 wrote:
January 5th, 2019, 2:32 am
4.2.0 r3111 64-bit (Jul 8 2018) - English (1033)
Windows 10 Home 1809 64-bit (build 17763) - English (1033)
Path: C:\Program Files\Rainmeter\
SkinPath: C:\Program Files\Rainmeter\Defaults\Skins\
SettingsPath: C:\Users\mckea\AppData\Roaming\Rainmeter\
IniFile: C:\Users\mckea\AppData\Roaming\Rainmeter\Rainmeter.ini
The problem is your SkinPath setting: SkinPath: C:\Program Files\Rainmeter\Defaults\Skins\

The Program Files folder is protected by Windows and is not where user files (skins) should be stored because you do not have permission to write to that folder. The default skin there 'illustro' was installed when Rainmeter was installed, but you can not install any other skins there.

The default location is 'C:\Users\{yourname}\Documents\Rainmeter\Skins' because you have full permissions in that folder.

I would recommend creating those folders in your Document folder.

Then change the SkinsPath in your Rainmeter Settings. Open the Manage dialog from the Rainmeter notification icon, click the 'Edit Settings' button at the lower left. This will open your 'Rainmeter.ini' file. Change SkinPath=C:\Program Files\Rainmeter\Defaults\Skins\ to SkinPath=C:\Users\mckea\Documents\Rainmeter\Skins\. Save the file and exit and restart Rainmeter.

I can't think of any reason to use 'Program Files' and have to go through the multiple steps you mentioned, when using any folder you create in your 'User' folder simplifies the process.

Hope this helps...
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Re: Error message "No skins available at C:\\Users\MYNAME\Music\OneDrive\Documents\Rainmeter\Skins\

jsmorley » January 5th, 2019, 3:17 am

C:\Program Files\Rainmeter\Defaults\Skins\ is where Rainmeter initially installs the default illustro skins, only as a holding point until the first time Rainmeter is run, when it is copied to C:\Users\YourName\Documents\Rainmeter\Skins\. NEVER change your SkinPath to Program Files. Program Files is a protected folder, and applications are absolutely not allowed to use it to store data created after the initial installation of the program. YOU can write to it, if you are an administrator, but programs cannot. You can defeat that, but it means living without almost all the sensible security built into Windows.

It's why when you install an application you get a query "Do you want to allow this program to make changes to your system?". It is asking you, presumably a human, to specifically allow the program to be installed to Program Files. After that, the program itself is restricted from writing to that folder, as if it was allowed, you would soon have pretty much nothing but viruses.

Rainmeter will NEVER write to C:\Program Files\Rainmeter\ after the initial installation. If installed normally, it won't try to, and in any case, Windows won't let it.
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Re: Error message "No skins available at C:\\Users\MYNAME\Music\OneDrive\Documents\Rainmeter\Skins\

Anrchy256 » January 5th, 2019, 3:32 am

Thank You! its all fixed and i can download and use skins normally again!
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Re: Error message "No skins available at C:\\Users\MYNAME\Music\OneDrive\Documents\Rainmeter\Skins\

jsmorley » January 5th, 2019, 3:33 am

Anrchy256 wrote:
January 5th, 2019, 3:32 am
Thank You! its all fixed and i can download and use skins normally again!
Good deal!