Currently Being ModeratedDec 8, 2012 6:43 PM (in response to Ron Jeffries)
You might give this a try:
Repair the Hard Drive and Permissions - Lion/Mountain Lion
Boot to the Recovery HD:
Restart the computer and after the chime press and hold down the COMMAND and R keys until the menu screen appears. Alternatively, restart the computer and after the chime press and hold down the OPTION key until the boot manager screen appears. Select the Recovery HD and click on the downward pointing arrow button.
When the recovery menu appears select Disk Utility. After DU loads select your hard drive entry (mfgr.'s ID and drive size) from the the left side list. In the DU status area you will see an entry for the S.M.A.R.T. status of the hard drive. If it does not say "Verified" then the hard drive is failing or failed. (SMART status is not reported on external Firewire or USB drives.) If the drive is "Verified" then select your OS X volume from the list on the left (sub-entry below the drive entry,) click on the First Aid tab, then click on the Repair Disk button. If DU reports any errors that have been fixed, then re-run Repair Disk until no errors are reported. If no errors are reported then click on the Repair Permissions button. When the process is completed, then quit DU and return to the main menu. Select Restart from the Apple menu.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 8, 2012 7:00 PM (in response to Ron Jeffries)
It may do nothing, but it can't hurt to give it a try. That it works in the new account but not the old one suggests the problem lies in the old user account. So waiting to upgrade OS X surely won't fix the problem.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 8, 2012 7:08 PM (in response to Kappy)
tried it, it did find some links or something, completed repair, did repair again and it said OK.
Still fails. Any other account repairs one can try?
Is there some way to call Apple's attention to this?
Currently Being ModeratedDec 8, 2012 8:08 PM (in response to Ron Jeffries)
Redownload the original disc image file just to be sure it wasn't a bad download.
Remove the /Home/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Finder.plist file.
Remove the /Home/Library/Preferences/com.apple.archiveutility.plist file.
Remove the /Home/Library/Caches/com.apple.finder folder.
Restart the computer.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 9, 2012 8:45 AM (in response to Kappy)
Did all that. Same thing. Finder install window comes up wrong on this account, not on the other on same machine.
Most confusing and going to be very inconvenient over time.
Next step ideas welcome.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 9, 2012 9:43 AM (in response to Ron Jeffries)
Well, hunting down a culprit by trial and error would be time consuming. It might be easier to shift over to using the other account then transfer your stuff from the account that's not working right.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 9, 2012 2:25 PM (in response to Ron Jeffries)
yes, I suppose I can, or can just deal with switching to the user that works to do future downloads. Or maybe I can figure out some way to back up in time and then bring stuff forward from Time Machine. Grr. Reminds me of things that happen to WIndows users. When I find the guy who told me Macs are perfect, we're gonna have a little talk.