Windows Installer can be a reference to the Microsoft Windows Installer (MSI), which is the application installation and configuration service for Windows, or a more general reference to a 3rd party installer that installs an application on Windows.

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Windows 7 Install Loop

I have recently wiped my computer of Ubuntu and freshly installed Windows 7. It didnt have any of its drivers upon installation, so I got as many of those installed as I could. After installing AMD ...
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WIX: Run batch file based on checkbox value with admin right

I created a installer using WIX. However, after installing the software, I have a checkbox asking the user whether to run a batch file or not. If the user check the checkbox, the batch file will run. ...
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Disable Adobe Sign-in - Acrobat DC

I've packaged an install for Acrobat DC using the Creative Cloud Packager, everything installs correctly but during testing I noticed that every time I launch Acrobat DC or open a PDF a window will ...
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Where are S/PDIF connectors on an MSI A58M-E35 motherboard?

I've checked MSI site and nothing about them there. Checked all the blogs and still nothing. Trying to connect a Gigabyte GeForce 9800GT video card to Motherboard. Has a 2 pin cable but can't figure ...
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Can't install local copy of MSI with msiexec, but can over the network with psexec

I'm not sure why this is the case, but I can't install a local copy of a MSI if I remote into the machine in PowerShell with msiexec. I get this error: [computername]: PS C:\temp> msiexec -q -i ...
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Why don't any MSI (Windows Installer) installers work?

For quite some time already, I have not been able to install any applications that in any way use the Windows Installer (aka msiexec) which is most of the apps out there. I am not talking about some ...
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After Effects 7 does not install on Windows 8

I bought a copy of After Effects 7 a while back, and now I got a new computer. I would like to install After Effects 7 on the Windows 8 computer, however when I run the setup executable, the setup ...
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Group Policy install software PER USER

Need to deploy an MSI file with Group Policy. No other software deployment options are available, so no SCCM, etc. Here is what I need: 1. Software must be deployed PER USER. 2. Software must ...
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Using 7zS.sfx - Any way to force uninstall of all versions (current or previous)

Here's my situation: I am building an application using a setup and deployment project in VS 2010 and packaging it into a self-extracting executable using 7zS.sfx. Generally, my users like to execute ...
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Windows Vista boot time nonstop disk I/O … goes away after long delay

I have a Dell Laptop running Vista. 4Gb RAM, 500Mb HD, CD player. On booting, it takes forever (20-30 minutes) to come to a usable state. (This makes it laughably useless as a portable device). ...
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Do application installers set folder permissions? Or is it up to Windows?

Before anyone asks, yes I'm still running Photoshop CS2, it does the job ;-) I installed Photoshop CS2 as Administrator. I then copied some plug-ins into Photoshop's plug-ins folder. I did not get ...
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Resolution issue on MS-1013 running XP

I have an old laptopt (MSI MS-1013), its screen's back-light died before I got it, so I have to use an external screen. I installed Lubuntu on it last year and never turned it on again. Today I ...
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Boot guard verified DEX that is failed

I'm new to building computer, I've just built my new PC: MSI Z97i ac gaming Mini ITX board i7 4790K intel processor 650W PSU Leadtek Geforce GTX 970 Vengeance 16GB ram 128 GB SSD I've just ...
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How to clean reinstall Win 7 without Install disc

I want to reinstall one really old Windows 7 Home Prem. It was installed in laptop yet by seller. I searched and found just option Choosing an advanced recovery method->Return your computer to the ...
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VMware Workstation 10.0.5 MSI failed

I am upgrading to VMware Workstation 10.0.5 from 10.0.4. The upgrade process has removed 10.0.4, however when trying to install 10.0.5, I get an error: The MSI ...
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Installing programs downloaded via wget in Cygwin

I've just gained the ability to download files on my PC using wget running in Cygwin on my Windows 7 PC. The problem is that whenever I go to C:\cygwin64\home\Brenton where these saved files are ...
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Win8 downgrade - Windows 7 installation “Driver not found”

I have an Asus R500VD laptop which came with the preinstalled Windows 8. As actually this computer will be used by my grandmother (and she's only using win 7) I'd like to downgrade it. Thanks to ...
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Error writing to file C:\Config.Msi\…" Windows 7 install of Vagrant 1.7.1 or 1.6.5

On Windows 7 while installing Vagrant 1.7.1 from the msi file, I get the error: "Error writing to file C:\Config.Msi..." I read a few suggestions for this general kind of issue and tried: ...
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How to bootstrap Windows 8 install to a USB drive? (or reset BIOS password for a Gateway ne56r41u)

I have to reinstall Windows 8 onto a drive for a laptop, however the user has set a BIOS password and cannot remember the password, neither can I find a way to reset this UEFI password. Consequently ...
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Windows Installed Updates - Remove grouping by program [duplicate]

Background In Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features > Installed Updates one can view all updates, sorting them by date installed. However, these updates are grouped by program before being ...
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Windows install on GPT with multiple drives

I've got quite an interesting system configuration here, and I would like to install Windows 10 preview on it. I have 3 drives, out of which one is a SSD. They all have a GPT table. Drive 0 (the ...
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How can I uninstall wrong (XP) CCC on Windows 7 pro 64bit? Uninstall crashes PC

Didn't know I had a real problem until I got a new 27" touchscreen monitor. Built this PC last year (2013). Specs: Asus Sabertooth Z78 mb, i7-4770 Haswell 3.4GHz, 8g DDR3 crucial Vengeance Pro ...
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install cad program (Solvespace) no installer - on Win7-32 ?

Do I run PowerShell msi, exe.,on command line ? any advise where to start would be helpful. I am used to downloading programs with an Win installer. also I am a PC novice.
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Direct X setup installation error

Every time I try to install any directX i get the same error "please refer to DXerror.log and Directx.log in your Windows folder to determine problem." I dont have that 2 files anywhere in my system. ...
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Can I safely remove *.msi and *.msp files that are in C:\Windows\Installer but are not the mentioned in the registry?

My C:\Windows\Installer folder has grown over 10 GB. I noticed that some *.msi and *.msp files are in C:\Windows\Installer but not the mentioned in the registry (e.g. I can see a file named ...
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Software wont deploy, but GPO gets applied and MSI is installable manually

DC: WinServer2012, Client: XP Hi there, i have a problem getting a GPO install to work. I created a MSI thats hosted in a network share: \\server\Deployment\xxx\xxx.msi when i log on to a computer ...
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MsiExec uninstall issue

When performing a silent uninstallation of an msi package, is there any way to bypass this kind of dialog? I've tried with the /Passive and /Quiet parameter, but it does not take any effect. If ...
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Deploying Sofware via GPO - Install for Machines Added to Network

Is there someway in Active Directory when deploying software via Computer Settings (Assigned) to have an application be installed to computers after they are joined to the domain? I am currently ...
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creating a system restore point in windows 7 is very slow [closed]

Is there any reason which may slow down the installation of any software on windows 7 when this software uses windows installer ? I managed to discover that the slowness comes when windows installer ...
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Having to 'take ownership' of temp install files to install anything

For quite a while I have had problems installing files now. Every time they try to install with files stored in appdata the installer will not have permission to read or write the file in appdata even ...
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Uninstalling programs MSIEXEC always takes the same time to run

I've created a script that removes all of the SQL bits and pieces left over when you do an appwiz.cpl removal of SQL. Initially some components failed because of 'there is another installation in ...
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Error 1719 error while installing JRE on windows 7

i want to install JRE on Windows 7(64 bit) but it gives me this error: Error 1719. The Windows Installer Service could not be accessed Why this happens? How can i fix it?
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Error when trying to uninstall BurnAware from the Control Panel

I want to uninstall BurnAware so I go to the Control Panel -> Programs and Features and double-click on the entry for BurnAware but I get the following error: How can I uninstall it?
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Automatically select features for silent MSI install

I have an InstallShield .exe that 'wraps' an MSI installer. I can pass arguments to the MSI installer like this: /v"..." For example, to do a silent install: p4inst64.exe /S /v"/qn". The MSI ...
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Install MSI package for non-admin users

we have requirement to create a MSI package to run on non-admin users machine. i have created msi package using wixedit tool and works perfectly for Admin users and not for non-admin users. is there ...
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What happens when advertising an MSI of a currently running application?

I'm currently trying to design a service that monitors and downloads update MSIs. The service will run under a built-in account with elevated privileges (e.g. SYSTEM), and will download and advertise ...
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Windows Installer fails to install MSI file

I am trying to install an MSI file on Windows 7, and I am getting the error message "There is a problem with this Windows Installer package. A program run as part of the setup did not finish as ...
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Windows 8 installer folder grows exponentially [duplicate]

I have Windows 8 x64 on my laptop. It is a while since its /windows/installer folder are growing! Right now it reaches to 160GB! I checked its content and it filled with .msp files with same size and ...
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How do I install a Java Desktop App and A Tomcat Web App with one installer using Advanced Installer

I have a Java desktop application and a web application using JSPs with an Apache web server. I want to create a single installer using Advanced Installer 10.8. How do I do this?
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How to know the path of the MSI or EXE from which a software program was installed

There have been times when I have forgotten the MSI or EXE I installed a software from and I need the file path of the installer to use it elsewhere. Is it possible to know the MSI or EXE from which a ...
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Windows 7 Install wizard windows extra big — buttons off-screen?

I have a legit copy of Windows 7 with valid license from Microsoft. There is something wrong with the installation wizard; the windows sometimes appear with super large fonts, or bigger graphics ...
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Is it possible to get the installation directory from .msi fles?

I would like to know what are the directories the files within a .msi package will be installed to. For example, if I run the file x.msi, it will likely install its files in C:\Program Files\Program ...
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Cannot uninstall, install or repair Visual Studio 2012 & 2013

I have Visual Studio 2010, 2012 and 2013 installed, I want to uninstall 2013 however both 2012 & 2013 have gotten corrupted. However, when I run the install files the installation just hangs. ...
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Easiest way to automating updating msi files for deployment? [closed]

Recently, I was assigned to find a method to automate our updating of .msi files (firefox, adobe reader, etc..) that we use for deployment. What is the best method automating this process? Is there a ...
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Impossible to uninstall outlook addin multiuser x64

I'm having trouble with my outlook addin x64 for multi user. The installation process works fine, and the addin works correctly, but when I try to uninstall it, I got those three messages box : ...
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msiexec opening by itself

I just got an issue with msiexec since three days, I don't know why it does that but it just opens a popup that list the available msiexec commands. It does that each 6 hours, something like that. I ...
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windows 8 installation blacked my laptop screen

I have installed windows 8 on my Asus K43S using a USB drive. Previous OS was preinstalled win 7 by asus. The installation (customised installation) went well where i chose to format my previous ...
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How to use a msi installer property in condition message in wix installer?

I want to use a MSI installer property in condition message in WiX installer. This MSI property set by a C++ custom action. I can set and get the same MSI property and value before calling the ...
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Numerous errors when initializing stuff, explorer.exe's Server execution failed" error, and more - advice needed

Recently I've started experiencing a very bad OS behavior: Something is messed up with the windows' queue managing or communication, here is what I'm experiencing: opening a link to a folder -> ...
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Re-using MST files with later MSI files

If I have a MSI that is version 1.0 of a product and I have created an MST for it (with some customizations), then version 2.0 of the MSI comes out, can I reuse the MST file that I can created for ...