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how do i get around this error message? windows

so i want to install a couple programs on my computer.  but when i got to install something i get this error   "Another installation is already in progress. Complete that installation before proceeding with this install."      ok I dont know what installation that is talking about so i cant finish the installation.  how can i fix this?
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First thing I would do is try rebooting the computer and installing again. It might need a restart from a previous installation.

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Do a system restore back to sometime (let say a week), and then do install again.
In case you don't know - you can start the registry editor, by going to:

Start, Run, type regedit <hit enter>

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sounds good,  i actually have not resartrd the computer in over a week so that was probably the problem.  it is restarting now and windows is installing updates.  so jwaldon you were probably right.   well see what happens when it finishes installing and i try to install something else.  
The issue being - an assumption is made that if you get an error - a reboot is normally the first thing that anyone using a computer should try.
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Actually that wasn't my assumption, this time. I've seen software in the past where if you didn't reboot after installation, other products wouldn't install until you did.

I'm thinking they were Microsoft products.

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ok so now the installer is taking forever.  it says do not unplug or turn off computer,  windows will do that automatically,  installing update 1 of 1.    its been going for 20 minutes already.  its  3 gigahertz with a gig of ram and 70 gigs of hd space.  

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also when i get an error,  i dont just restart the computer and hope it works right.  i find out what caused the error, and amend it that way.  and sometimes the answer is to resrt the computer.
Can you remote into the machine from another computer - using eventvwr \ Connect to a remote computer ?
Check out the system and application logs if you can - perhaps you might see an error that has been logged - otherwise - wait for the installation to finish.

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the reboot fixed it.  it was just a windows update that was incomplete.   thanx

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