Windows 7 and flac, acquiring tarck names from freedb and tag edit

Hi,
I have just upgraded my machine (from P4 to i7) and OS (from XP SP3 to 7).  I ripped a CD using a ripping sortware (Prextor's PlexTools Pro) just like as usual.  First thing I noticed strange was the track names did not change after the software searched and identified the CD from freedb.  I felt strange, after numeral try, but went on to ripping thinking I would edit with tag editer (Tag&Rename 3.5.5).  So I tried on Tag&Rename, but an error message popped up "can't open xxxx.flac file" for each track.  I have never seen such message before and I am at a loss.  Maybe I missed some setting in Windows 7 or installing another software, but I don't know what.
I searched the knowledge database here but couldnt find similar problems.  Will somebody help me out on this?  Thanks!
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parazenoCommented:
As far as I know Flac files do not tag the same way that Mp3 files are tagged.
http://flac.sourceforge.net/faq.html#general__tagging

Did you download all the codecs for flac?
http://flac.sourceforge.net/download.html

Did you set up freedb in your ripper? Usually you have to add an e-mail address for it to work.
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khokugoAuthor Commented:
Thanks.
I saw and read that site loooong time ago and I don't remember how and what I did on my last machine...  Would you care to guide me step by step?  I did download FLAC frontend, but I am not sure how I install the codecs (why plural?) to where in Windows 7.  
I found out with Tag&Rename, I can edit MP3 files, but I can't edit FLAC, even the old one which I had edited with T&R while ago.  Just can't open FLAC file.

Thank you again for your patience.  I am getting old, I guess.....
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parazenoCommented:
You might want to try mp3tag. http://www.mp3tag.de/en/index.html 

I was able to edit FLAC files in tag&rename (3.35), but I hardly ever use it. I find mp3tag far easier to use. Also it is suggested by the FLAC website.

I would suggest trying mp3tag, see if it works. If yes, then perhaps try an older version of tag and rename, perhaps 3.35.

If not, let me know and I'll try to help you figure that out. I just want to isolate the variables first.

-parazeno
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khokugoAuthor Commented:
Thanks.  I have been trying various things and found out, it turned out that I (USERS) did not have "Full Control" with respect to those FLAC files.  I changed a few FLAC files so that I (USERS) have Full Control and I could edit those modified FLAC files.  STRANGE because I am Administrator, too, and Administrator does have Full Control, but as a USER, I don't have and that seems to be why I can't edit FLAC tag with either T&R or mp3tag.
So, the question changes the course - how can I as a USER have Full Control over FLAC files without modifying EACH file in WINDOWS 7?  I HATE these too much security of WINDOWS 7!  Thank you again!
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khokugoAuthor Commented:
I managed to change the security setting of the whole drive in which music files are stored and now I can edit all files with T&R.  Sorry for the fuss.  But, how does this happen?  I mean, I AM THE Administrator, but why I do NOT have Full Control????  I just don't get WINDOWS 7 yet.  I appreciate your enlightening.  Thank you again in advance.
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parazenoCommented:
Is it possible that you didn't run tag&rename as an Administrator? User Account Control (UAC) can be a weird thing. Unless you change your security settings you might have to Right click on a program in the start menu and "Run as Administrator for it work correctly. You would find the global settings in Control Panel >>User Accounts.

-parazeno
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khokugoAuthor Commented:
Thanks again.
Are you saying that I have to start each application by right click and choose "Run as Administrator" each time?  That  far too cumbersome....
How can I "change my security settings" to avoid  it?
I checked "User Accounts" in the Control Panel and what should I do there?  My ID is already Administrator as I am the ONLY person who uses this PC...  Sorry for being novis and maybe getting annoying, but if you could be a bit more patient with me, I much appreciate it.  Thank you.
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parazenoCommented:
Not a problem. Go to Control Panel (All Control Panel Items) >>User Accounts>>Change User Account Control Settings. From here you can drag the support settings to the appropriate level of your choosing. There is a small security risk, according to Microsoft, if you change the setting from the default.

However, you can change a program at the local level, which is probably what you want to do.
To do this you can go to the start menu to the program you are trying to change, in this case tag&rename, then right-click on the program and choose properties. Under the Compatibility Tab you can choose "run this program as an administrator".

Fortunately they changed this in Windows 7. In Vista it was not so easy. So despite the royal pain in the butt, it's improved!

I'm not sure if this will solve your problem with FLAC, but UAC has been known to cause these sorts of problems with some programs. Let me know how it goes.

-parazeno
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khokugoAuthor Commented:
Thank you again.  Now I am getting it.  I skipped Vista and I don't know anything about it.  I came straight from XP PRO SP3.  It is really cumbersome, but if it is what it is, then your suggestion makes most sense and it is working okay now.  FLAC was just one of the products caused by all this UAC which I was totally not aware of as a former XP user.  Thank you for clarification and I am starting learning WIN 7.  Thanks.  I still have occasional crash on my software which claims to be W7 compliant, but that should be another topic and just may take time for the patch from the developer.  I thought I waited long enough for Win 7, but apparently not :-)

Thank you so much for your help on this so far.   Now I believe this specific case is closed.  Thanks,  Ken.
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