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I am a total newbie in .NET and C# so keep this in mind when responding.  I am trying to create a Windows Service and I followed the example on http://www.developer.com/net/csharp/article.php/10918_2173801_1
and when I run installutil I get the error message shown below.  I have run the Visual Studio 2008 Command Prompt in admin mode.  I am using Visual Studio 2008 on Vista Ultimate.  I have searched the internet and a common topic seems to be to add the AllowPartiallyTrustedCallers attribute but I don't know if this is the solution or even how to apply it.  Please help.
Installing assembly 'P:\code\ATO File Copy\ATOfileCopyService\bin\Debug\ATOfileCopyService.exe'.
Affected parameters are:
   logtoconsole = 
   assemblypath = P:\code\ATO File Copy\ATOfileCopyService\bin\Debug\ATOfileCopyService.exe
   logfile = P:\code\ATO File Copy\ATOfileCopyService\bin\Debug\ATOfileCopyService.InstallLog
Unable to create an instance of the ATOfileCopyService.ProjectInstaller installer type.
System.Reflection.TargetInvocationException: Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation.
The inner exception System.Security.SecurityException was thrown with the following error message: That assembly does not allow partially trusted callers..
Rolling back assembly 'P:\code\ATO File Copy\ATOfileCopyService\bin\Debug\ATOfileCopyService.exe'.
Affected parameters are:
   logtoconsole = 
   assemblypath = P:\code\ATO File Copy\ATOfileCopyService\bin\Debug\ATOfileCopyService.exe
   logfile = P:\code\ATO File Copy\ATOfileCopyService\bin\Debug\ATOfileCopyService.InstallLog
Unable to create an instance of the ATOfileCopyService.ProjectInstaller installer type.
System.Reflection.TargetInvocationException: Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation.
The inner exception System.Security.SecurityException was thrown with the following error message: That assembly does not allow partially trusted callers..

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by:Alexey_Varlamov
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Is the P: drive mapped from network share? The network is untrusted storage by default. Copy files to your local drive to have a full trust to this assembly.
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Is there a way to make the P drive trusted?  And, yes it is a mapped network drive.
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The detailed description of this solution on the http://blogs.msdn.com/shawnfa/archive/2003/06/20/57023.aspx page.

Please use the Control Panel > Administration > Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Configuration tool.
Open Runtime Security Policy > Code Groups > Trusted Zone > (Right Mouse Button click) Properties


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Alexey_Varlamov,

The link you provided solved my problem completely.  The other information you provided after that is not completely accurate in your paths and it is also not recommend as it is a security risk according to the website.  Thanks for your help.

For anyone else reading this the blog article refered to above is old and in VS 2008 you can right click on your project and select properities and in the signing tab you can create the key there instead of using the goofy method of using the sn.exe program.  You also don't need to manually add the AssemblyVersionAttribute is suggest either.
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