MSI Installer for 2003 Server

Posted on 2006-04-26
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
I'm working with a Windows 2003 server that I didn't set up (and don't know specifics about the setup options used).  It was built specifically for our group on a VMWare server.  We've used this setup before with no problems, but haven't tried this particular pathway before.  

We can't seem to install .msi files.  They aren't recognized in explorer as a known filetype, and when we open them, Windows complains that it can't find an application to run.  

I've tried downloading various incarnations of the Windows Installer, but the installation quits early on, saying that the specified patch is already installed.

I've also tried installing .Net Framework 2.0, after reading that MSI installation was included in that package.  No change.

I tried clicking "let Windows access the web to determine an action for this filetype", but, bizarrely, Microsoft hasn't heard of .msi files.  

There is an msi.dll in \winnt\system32 that reports version 3.1.4000.1830, and is dated 3/25/06.  

Any ideas?  Thanks in advance...

Question by:roblinx
    1 Comment
    LVL 51

    Accepted Solution

    See if anything here will help:

    No use posting something already in print.


    Featured Post

    How to run any project with ease

    Manage projects of all sizes how you want. Great for personal to-do lists, project milestones, team priorities and launch plans.
    - Combine task lists, docs, spreadsheets, and chat in one
    - View and edit from mobile/offline
    - Cut down on emails

    Join & Write a Comment

    by Batuhan Cetin Within the dynamic life of an IT administrator, we hold many information in our minds like user names, passwords, IDs, phone numbers, incomes, service tags, bills and the order from our wives to buy milk when coming back to home.…
    Learn about cloud computing and its benefits for small business owners.
    Migrating to Microsoft Office 365 is becoming increasingly popular for organizations both large and small. If you have made the leap to Microsoft’s cloud platform, you know that you will need to create a corporate email signature for your Office 365…
    Access reports are powerful and flexible. Learn how to create a query and then a grouped report using the wizard. Modify the report design after the wizard is done to make it look better. There will be another video to explain how to put the final p…

    732 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    25 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now