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This was posted in comp.os.ms-windows.win95.setup and I was pointed to this web page.  So I thought I'd give it a shot.

I recently tried to install the the Micorsoft Image Composer beta
version 1.0a.  When the installation is nearing completion it aborts
stating "server.dll was unable to update the registry".  Sure enough,
when I look at the registry it does not have any entries relevant to
Image Composer.  When I try and run Image Composer, after the aborted installation, I get the error "cannot find required.dll, msvcrt.dll".  To the best of my knowledge none of my computers have this .dll and two out of three run Image Composer properly.  All three computers do have files named msvcrt20.dll and msvcrt40.dll. The only thing I have done out of the ordinary is install the expired Image Composer beta and then uninstall it using Quarterdeck Cleansweep (this I did not do on the two computers it is running properly on).  Any suggestions would be helpful.

Craig Lawton
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by:marlowe012797
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Sounds like your uninstaller may not be doing a complete job. Try searching through the registry with REGEDIT and removing any left over keys by hand. Start from HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, but consider the other root keys as well.  I'm willing to bet that if you removed every trace of this app from the registry, it'd work again after a reinstall, but, be *really* careful about deleting stuff from the registry - you can trash your whole system if you're not careful.

Anyhow, aborted installations are usually Very Bad.
 Can you just reinstall?
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by:oneill
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I hesitate to offer this, but decided to anyway.  Beta versions are known to sometimes be fraught with bugs. Could it be the software itself?  Just a thought ...
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cyrick earned 100 total points
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The image composer is a program fraught with bugs...don't use it...


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by:johnnyt
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You gave those points to CYRICK????  When Oneill... had already told you the answer!!!   That sucks.   You should feel bad.. and .. that is why I seldom give any answers to anyone on this web-"service".  Most of the answers are bogus and the few that aren't don't get any credit for it!!!

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