I can't install atom (windows 7): "Installation has failed: Failed to extract installer"


I downloaded the installer from the official site and when I run it, I get the error message in the title. I’ve been researching this issue and I’ve found that problem may lie in Update.exe. When I go to


I find the Update.exe file. I can open and edit all other files in this directory, but when I try to open Update.exe, I get the error:

“Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item.”

But when I look at the security tab in the properties dialog of Update.exe, it shows that my account has full access.

I have no idea how to fix this issue.


Looks like you already opened an Issue here:


I did. Should I not have done both? I was assuming these were separate help sources.


They are separate help sources. For people that only (or mostly) read here though, it is helpful to have a link to the Issue so they don’t have to go searching for it if it is closed later with a solution.