Preparing to install... please go away!
Posted on 2002-05-24
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?