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Windows Installer not working on a particular PC

Posted on 2013-01-15
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Heyas,

I am trying to install a piece of software locally on a pc in the office and an error where it says it can't an find .msi file in the installation occurs. However even when I point to the installer to the msi file it's looking for it pause for period and gives the same error message. This is only pc in the office where the installer is giving an error, I am tempted pull out procmon for this one as it's quite interesting, however the results from that software can highly cryptic.  So i posting so a few may share their initial thoughts on the matter.

Thank you.
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Try the Windows 7 System Readiness tool:

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=20858 for 64-bit and
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=3132 for 32-bit.

This is normally for Windows Updates but it might help here.

... Thinkpads_User
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by:Zack
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Hi Thinkpads,

Thanks for the info but this system is Windows XP.  I should have mentioned that in the question originally.

Thank you.
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by:John Hurst
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Thanks. This thread has a Windows 7 tag.

Try reinstall the Windows XP installer to see if that helps. The XP install is near the bottom of the list in the Microsoft link below:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=8483

... Thinkpads_User
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The software might be packaged in such a way that it requires the full msi command to start the installation.
Or

Dependencies might be required...like some other msi software needs to be installed first.


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HI

The Windows Installer files that are on your hard disk are damaged or are missing.
You install or remove a program that uses the Windows Installer Microsoft Software Installation (MSI) package file (.msi).

Let us try the below methods.

Method 1:  To check whether the Windows Installer service is set to a value of Disable

a)      Click Start, type services.msc in the start search box and press enter.

b)      In the Services (Local) list, right-click Windows Installer, and then click Properties.

c)      If the Startup type drop-down list is set to a value of Disable, select the Manual option from the Startup type drop-down list.

d)     Click on Start button below the heading service status and click OK.

Method 2: Re-register the windows installer

a)      Click Start, open the run box (windows key +R)

b)      Type msiexec.exe /unreg and click ok.

c)      If you receive a confirmation message, click OK again.

d)     Click Start, open the run box (windows key +R)

e)      Type msiexec /regserver and click ok.

f)       If you receive a confirmation message, click OK again.

g)      Try to install the application and see if the issue persists.

h)      If you still get the error then try next method.

Method 3

Download the latest version of windows installer and install It on your computer.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/942288
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by:Zack
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Thanks you for advice. The solution was to re-create the group policy for that user, some sort of weird corruption.
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