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I recently decided to install a new motherboard on my computer (from 650mghz to 2ghz).  The local computer guru said that prior to swapping mobos that I should uninstall ALL devices under Device Manager.   Well, I took his advice, and after uninstalling ALL devices, I was unable to shut down Windows 2000 Pro SP2.  So I rebooted instead.  On bootup, the PC (still with the old mobo) would not boot to Safe Mode.  At that point I decided to yank the motherboard, and replace it with the 2.0ghz one.  I used the same hard drives, and on booting, I received an even worse message... a bluee screen...something about the drive being unavailable.  I forget the exact words.  So I booted up using the W2K CD.  I went through the repair process, and it found nothing amiss.  But the system still would not boot up to C.  I eventually gave in, and decided to install W2K from the CD.  After the reinstallation, I was fortunate to find that all the files/drives/folders were intact, so I lost no files.  OK, so what's the problem?

There is one small problem...  A problem that did not exist before the upgrade...

Whenever I launch ANY application, a dialog window appears, with the words "Windows Installer" on the title bar, and the words, "Preparing to install..." on the dialog.

I have reinstalled Norton AV, Internet Explorer 5.5,...  all to no remedy.  The "Windows Installer" window always appear when launching any app... even when launching My Computer.

The "Windows installer" window appears for only a second or two at the most, and then automatically disappears.  Then the main app I was launching appears, and everything works fine.  It's just that these "Preparing to install..." messages are annoying, and obviously something is amiss.

Any clues what is wrong?

Thanks.

Philip
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your guru's advice would work for w9x, but not for w2k
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q249/6/94.ASP
also this
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q271/9/65.ASP
and try this
http://support.microsoft.com/search/preview.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q303928
it doesn't address your issue specifically, but the windows installer may need to be cleaned
Download the Windows Installer CleanUp Utility from the following Microsoft Web site:
ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/softlib/mslfiles/msicuu.exe 

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by:Kapusta
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>>Download the Windows Installer CleanUp Utility from the following Microsoft Web site<<

The URL ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/softlib/mslfiles/msicuu.exe  points to non-existent file.

:-(
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by:stevenlewis
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works for me, starts to d/l the file
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by:stevenlewis
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stalls out at about 30%
they must be having problems (surprise!) LOL
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by:stevenlewis
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I ftped into ms, grabbed the file, and uploaded it
you can get it here
www.wsmpi.com/msicuu.exe
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by:Kapusta
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C:\WINDOWS>ftp ftp.microsoft.com
Connected to ftp.microsoft.com.
Connection closed by remote host.


When I click the URL from IE 5.5, I simply get a "This page cannot be displayed" error.


When I use Netscape 3, I get "Network error: connect reset by peer".
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by:Kapusta
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>>I ftped into ms, grabbed the file, and uploaded it
you can get it here<<

Thanks.  I downloaded the file, ran it, and then rebooted.  The result?  Nothing has changed.  The "Preparing to install" window keeps popping up.

So I then uninstall Office 2000 Developer, rebooted, reinstalled Office 2000...  Result?   Nothing has changed.  The "Windows installer" dialog keeps appearing for a split second everytime I launch an app.

Now what?
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by:Kapusta
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Maybe this will help...

From the Event Viewer > Application...

I have zillions of these entries:

Detection of product '{7B39C166-7AE5-4EAD-926F-0C39C6BA1F01}', feature '_MainFeature' failed during request for component '{997FA962-E067-11D1-9396-00A0C90F27F9}'

and

Detection of product '{7B39C166-7AE5-4EAD-926F-0C39C6BA1F01}', feature '_MainFeature' failed during request for component '{22056900-C842-11D1-A0DD-00A0C9054277}'
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I deleted the Registry key with the "_MainFeature" in it and everything seems to be working now!
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by:Kapusta
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You didn't hit the nail on the head, but you deserve some points for trying to help.
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by:stevenlewis
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Kapusta Thanks, but you should have just deleted it, and got your points back.
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by:stevenlewis
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I have asked CS to refund your points on this one
glad you got it working
Steve
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by:Kapusta
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Steve... thanks!
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by:Netminder
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Kapusta

Per stevenlewis' request, your points have been refunded to you. On the other hand, because he's such an honest guy, I've changed the grade to an A. This, in no way, affects your point total, but does make stevenlewis' ten last grades received look better... <grin>

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