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Hi,
Somehow Skype just disappeared on my laptop.. I went to re-install it but I get an error...

This is the first error
Then I click "OK" and get this error
Error 2
How do I fix this problem and get Skype to install properly?
How do I search Windows 7 registry for Skype data? KEY => VALUE ???

Thank you, Bill
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I'd try getting Revo Uninstaller and having it scan for Skype, and let it uninstall everything.  Reboot, download fresh copy of installer, and try again...  It should remove all traces.  
You may be tempted to uninstall other things at the same time, but I'd save that treat (!) till later, just for clarity...

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Skype has seen this problem a number of times, and they have a page dedicated to how to deal with it.

https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA12399/what-is-error-1603-and-how-can-i-fix-it

The Microsoft FixIt successfully dealt with this issue in the cases where I've seen it previously.

As a side note, when you reinstall, be sure you are installing the most recent version.  Skype made changes to their network over the past few months, and the Skype servers will no longer talk to "outdated" versions of the software.
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by:bcarlis
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Thank you for your responses... I kept getting it until our IT guy removed "Windows Security update KB2918614"
and then I was able to install it... weird..
Thanks again, Bill
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by:bcarlis
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I'm sure deinstalling everything also had to be done so I am giving the points

After installing Skype I ran "Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer" and it showed 31 missing updates so I checked available Windows Updates and install 26 updates! then I ran "Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer" again and found it needed "Security Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2949927)" so I installed that and now have Skype working and have a good Security report for my system.
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by:Danny Child
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Thanks for the feedback, very useful...

Shouldn't your IT Guy have done the updates??!?
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by:bcarlis
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I understand that they were all part of a chunk that came out at that time..
We have auto updating on..
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