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I tried to install "Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 SP1 Redistributable Pacakge" on my Windows XP SP2 machine, but every time I get the following message:

Error 1606.Could not access network location :.

As you can see, no path is specified. Microsoft KB didn't help, and all keys and values in my "User Shell Folders" are correct!

I tried "Microsoft Visual C++ 2008" but have the same problem. I also got the same error when uninstalling "OpenOffice" and "Steam". I've searched Google for this issue and tried several solutions, but they were not helpful.

What could this problem be caused by? Why is the error path empty?

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Look like a problem with your machine. If you don't have Windows Installer 4.5, try installing it. The other solution would be to repair your Windows installation. – mrnx Aug 27 '11 at 21:35
Have you tried KB 886549? Pay attention that all values are of REG_EXPAND_SZ type. Additionally, running the installation with verbose logging could shed a light on what value is wrong. – Alexey Ivanov Aug 28 '11 at 6:34
You should get all updates using Windows Update. – Ajay Aug 28 '11 at 11:51
@CosminPirvu Windows Installer 4.5 didn't change anything. Thanks for your advice to repair Windows installation, I'll try it. – neniam Aug 28 '11 at 17:40
@AlexeyIvanov sure, this is first thing I've tried. Unfortunately, logs didn't really help... The best I got is the "error status: 1603." which means "A fatal error occurred during installation." – neniam Aug 28 '11 at 17:46

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