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Windows XP not recognizing a .msi windows installer file

Lenovo t61, windows xp sp3 and now all of a sudden it is not recognizing .msi installer files
tried the registry fix on this website    (number 94) and that doesnt work
Its seeing executable files but not .msi files ...
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have a look here
first you can try the regserver solution and if that doesn't work you can try the registry fix
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Also, are there any related errors in your event viewer?
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yes please see the image

if you cannot read it it says this

Unable to start a DCOM Server: {73E709EA-5D93-4B2E-BBB0-99B7938DA9E4}. The error:
"The system cannot find the file specified. "
Happened while starting this command:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\wmiprvse.exe -Embedding

there are HUNDREDS of this message in the event viewer
i tried the registry fix suggested on the link you sent but its telling me it cant find the file ?
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Awesome fix - worked like a charm !