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Why do some program not complete their installation on Windows 2000?

I don't get any error messages in Windows. Is there anything I can do to complete the installation?

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It would help if you can add more details about the application your training to install. – BinaryMisfit Dec 21 '10 at 11:25
If there are no messages how do you know they haven't completed? – joeqwerty Dec 21 '10 at 12:14

Do you have the latest Windows Installer software on that W2K PC?

Get it here.

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I have the same on my XP SP3. Oftentimes, the installation screen just gets nonresponsive at some time, with many different programs. I might have messed my Windows up at some point in the past. What sometimes works is just rebooting and doing a repair install. Or, if the installation process has dependent processes, shutting down one of those in task manager - sometimes a program's installation tries to install DirectX too, and will go on if I shut down the DirectX part. Try this only if your installation window is totally unresponsive, don't do it as long as there is a chance that installation might continue; for this might destabilize your PC.

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It's highly inadvisable to just terminate something like a DirectX installer mid-flow, you may end up with a half updated framework, which is really not what you want. – Matthieu Cartier Dec 21 '10 at 16:49
I know, but the choice I have there is rebooting the PC vs. shutting down one of the non-responsive installation processes. The former includes the latter, so it is worth a try to begin with shutting down processes. I will make it extra clear that this is not an option as long as the installation is responsive. – Cerberus Dec 21 '10 at 17:10

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