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How to disable install wizard?

Posted on 2004-04-02
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I have a customer which I reinstalled his Windows XP onto his HP Notebook. Since he was not sure if he had all his program disks, I copied the files to another computer via a network. After reinstalling Windows, I set up all his programs. However, there was one part of a program I did not realize was needed. He recently copied the part of the program over. Now, when he starts the main program the Windows install wizard fires up. If he is proceeds witht he installer the system locks up. He has to alt-ctrl-del to terminate the process and then he can resume his program. Apparently, the program runs fine. What is needed to satisfy the Install Wizard? Or what initalizes the Install Wizard?
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Question by:Pat_Holman
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Hi Pat_Holman,

If the software was installed via the Windows Installer (an MSI file) then parts of his profile would be missing information the program needs when it lauches.  The feature of an MSI package is it's ability to "self-heal" if something is missing - this is what I think is happening - it's looking for the source to fix itself by lauching Windows Installer and "replaying" the install.  How to fix it - reinstall the app with the original MSI file.

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Netman66, MCSE, MCT
Microsoft MVP Team
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