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I'm having an issue while installing VLC in Windows 8 (upgraded from Windows 7). I keep receiving the error: A referral was returned from the server when I'm trying to install the application. I tried to run it as administrator and I get the same error.

I ran sfc /scannow and it didn't discover any corrupted Windows files.

Can somebody help me out with this problem.

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This sounds like their installer downloads some content and the installer is unable to contact the server in question. – Ramhound Nov 13 '12 at 11:38
Well I verified my internet connection and everything is working fine... – Pierre-Luc Champigny Nov 13 '12 at 15:23
Did you verify my theory? Have you verified if the installer attempts to connect to the internet and download additional files? – Ramhound Nov 13 '12 at 15:32
I'll check tonight, I think that it is connecting to internet, but why is it giving this error and how can I fix it ? If I use the same installer on my office computer, with the same hardware and OS, I don't have the issue. – Pierre-Luc Champigny Nov 13 '12 at 17:00
Confirm the theory. Based on the information you provided I would only be guessing at the reason. – Ramhound Nov 13 '12 at 17:20
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I finally found the problem, I was having problem because I deactivated UAC and the VLC is not signed and validated.

Here how to fix this problem:

  1. Run gpedit.msc from the start menu.
  2. Go to Computer Configuration/Windows Settings/Security Settings/Local Policies/Security Options.
  3. Change the value of User Account Control: Only elevate executables that are signed and validated from Enabled to Disabled.

Source of this solution (youtube video)

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