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Unable to install files with .MSI

I have become unable to install any files ending .msi. I have tested several of the 197 msi files on the system and none work. I have tried the following:

1.Ran sfc /scannow - no change
2.tried all fixes for error 1607
3.reinstalled Windows installer
4.Downloaded Installshield 10.5 again and unzipped. the msi file. Will not run.
5. gave installshiled full control using Regedit.

I have Windows XP Home with SP3 but there is no security tab available in properties.

What is blocking access to msi files and how do I reinstate the missing security tab?
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DewFreakCommented:
Try the MS Installer cleanup utility:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290301
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psoup1Author Commented:
Ran MS installer cleanup - made no difference
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DewFreakCommented:
What security tab is missing?
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psoup1Author Commented:
If I open the properties window for an application, I see 5 tabs at the top - General, Version etc. I thnk there should be another labelled "Security". This is present in safe mode but not otherwise
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psoup1Author Commented:
I have solved the MSI failure by repairing Windows using the original CD. What changed I do not know but who cares. I will post the problem of the missing security tab as a new question so this one can be closed.
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