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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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Why can't the Windows installer find my SATA drive when Linux can?

I built a computer from some old parts, including a SATA drive. If I boot from the Windows Vista installation DVD, there are no options under "Where do you want to install windows?", implying that the ...
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Install Windows XP onto data drive

I had Windows XP installed (on C:), an optical drive as D: and a small (160GB) second hard drive with data on it as E:. Drive C: recently crashed and I have disconnected it. I would like to install ...
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Automating MSI Install

I'm trying to automate the install of an MSI file. So far I have the command setup as so: msiexec /i myfile.msi PROPA="ANSWER" PROPB="ANSWER" PROPC="ANSWER" When I look at the resulting dialogs all ...
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Why is windows not able to create a system partition?

I'm reinstalling Windows 7 64 bit, and I encountered an issue I've never seen before. I have a legit copy of Win 64 Professional, and I've installed it probably a half dozen times on this machine in ...
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Why do msi installations use slower drives over faster ones in windows 7?

I have noticed that the slowest drive in my system is used most during an msi installation. I mainly notice this when running windows updates but it seems to be msi installs in general. The setup I ...
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Windows 7 install detects SSD but doesn't list it to install to

I'm having quite a weird problem when trying to install Windows 7 SP1 on a new Corsair Force Series 3 SSD to replace a failing HDD in my wife's laptop. When I boot to Windows install, it shows that I ...
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What are the disadvantages of removing the application directories instead of using uninstallers?

Uninstalling a lot of stuff at the same time takes too long. If I just remove the directory, it will probably leave some registry records and what else?
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Product keeps trying to install on every startup after a fail

Product: Pervasive.SQL V8 Workgroup (v8.6) -- Error 1706.No valid source could be found for product Pervasive.SQL V8 Workgroup (v8.6). The Windows Installer cannot continue. I've looked in ...
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Windows add\remove programs repair button won't work after temp folder clean

Hi all. I have a problem with windows xp and programs repair. Repair won't work from "click here for support information"->Repair after user temp clean. As you can see on screenshot, windows ...
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Create a .msi from a vm

A few years ago I worked a temp job where they created. msi files using an application that scanned a VMware virtual machine once, you then booted it up installed the thing you wanted and shut it ...
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Group policy install on a per user basis

This is a group policy question for Windows. I have developed an Outlook add-in using VSTO 4.0 in VS 2010. I currently have the issue whereby the add-in can only be installed on a per user basis as ...
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Force removal of semi-existent Office Standard 2010 installation

I had an Office Standard 2010 installation which did not fully un-install at the first attempt. It's still in the list of installed programs, but some of the files and registry records might already ...
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Is there a really-really-really-don't-reboot parameter for msiexec?

The windows installer seems not to feel like uninstalling Office 2010 Professional Plus. Instead, it keeps going into a reboot. Even after starting the process with msiexec /norestart -x. Is it ...
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Extracting msi files using Linux

Related: How to extract files from MSI package? To extract the contents of a MSI installer using Linux, I can either use msiexec with wine or use 7zip. However, the latter does not preserve ...
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Installer cant read the MSI file from Windows Installer folder

I have an MSP (Microsoft Patch) file, which installs some updates. But when I run it, it shows an error message, which says, that it cant read the file from C:\Windows\Installer\SomeFileName.msi But ...
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Patch msp into msi package

The latest update of Windows Live Messenger is an msp added to the package. I want to patch a msp into an msi. Reference download ...
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What happens when you uninstall a per-user installation? [closed]

What happens if an MSI installation is set to install as per-user, and 3 different users log on and each install the app? Will Windows Installer recognise that the same MSI has already been installed ...
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How can I check if specific applications are open prior to silently installing a program?

(Sorry in advance if this is a duplicate question. I did search and didn't find anything). Windows XP I want to script an MSI installer to run silently (via msiexec). A prerequisite step is that ...
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What does the MSI property/value “REINSTALL=ALL” do, and why do some patches (MSP's) require it?

What does the MSI property/value "REINSTALL=ALL" do, and why do some patches (MSP's) require it? I understand it from the perspective of its usage with the msiexec /p command, however I don't ...
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java installers and uninstallers return error 1602

I am trying to remove java 6 32 bit and install java 7 64 bit, but after initially having the uninstaller open and execute successfully, asking me to plan a full removal after a reboot, the ...
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Web platform installer fails to start installation

I have just formatted my machine and it is now running Windows 7 Pro (64 bit). I try running the web platform installer from here, and even while as administrator I get a message "This installation ...
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The wifi driver installer doesn't work in windows 7

I've just re-installed windows 7 on my lenovo laptop. When I'm trying to install the wireless driver, I keep getting this error message: The contents of this file cannot be unpacked. The executable ...
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Always prompted to allow windows installer to run when clicking shortcut on start menu

I have an application installed, and when I click on the shortcut to it from the start menu I am first prompted by the MSI installer and a UAC prompt. If the I allow the specified .msi file ...
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Install windows 7 from internal HDD

I have 2 partitions on my hdd With WORKING windows XP. Empty, simple data storage. Morver I have Win7 iso image. Is there any option to install windows 7 from internal hdd, just by copying files ...
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MSI UAC always opens behind window

When installing MSI packages, the UAC prompt always appears behind the MSI installer window. This does not happen for any other scenarios (EXE installers, other programs, etc), just MSI packages. ...
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How can I bundle a bunch of installations binaries together into one executable that calls a bunch of sub-executables?

I have a script which I want to deploy to some people in my group, but there are three dependencies ( python2.7, ExchangeCDO, pywin32). Is there a way that I can create one installation file that has ...
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Is installing Windows 7 in-situ (on a machine running Windows already) less clean that installing at boot time?

Is installing Windows 7 in-situ (on a machine running Windows already) less clean that installing at boot time? For example - you can autorun a Windows 7 disk on a machine that is already booted up ...
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Boot Windows XP installation from CD

I am trying to format and install Windows XP on a Toshiba Satellite laptop, but I can't boot from the CD. When I go to the BIOS system, I check that the boot order is correct, first the CD and then ...
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Best way to clean up Windows Installer cache?

Whats the "safest" way to clean up large files in the Windows Installer cache? Is deleting the files the only way, or is there a better way to "unregister" the cached files or something?
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The installation package could not be opened

I get the following error message on a Windows 7 64-bit computer whenever I try to install anything using Windows Installer (.msi): This installation package could not be opened. Contact the ...
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Why insist on rolling out an MSI package?

I have created a program in Autohotkey, which creates a few shortcut keys that a whole company with 400 people wants to have installed permanently. The way I imagine the program to work is that a ...
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Visual Studio 2010 Professional - repair installation, will it lose updates?

This is a specific example of a general question that often puzzles me on Windows. I am having problems with Visual Studio 2010, so I need to try to repair it. There are two items in the Programs ...
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Error 1606 while installing, MS KB useless

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 ...
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How to rollback Windows Installer 4.5 update?

I have installed Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Express on my system at work, and I have run into a problem with the installer for the software we develop. Prior to installing VS2010 (which installs ...
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Windows 7 wont let me install a MSI

Windows 7 wont let me install new software as it says another install is in progress. There is no known install running and msiexec.exe is not running. Any ideas? Update: after some poking around ...
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How can I reinstall Windows Installer 4.5 on a Windows Vista SP1?

How can I reinstall Windows Installer 4.5 on a Windows Vista SP1? When I run the redistributable installer, it simply says that the update is not needed (msiexec /? indeed returns the same version). ...
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Update Windows Installer without reboot

I need to update Windows Installer to 4.5 on Windows XP (Hotfix KB942288) but it has to be done without a reboot. Some software we're trying to install requires WI 4.5 but it's on a computer that ...
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Tried everything to get Windows Installer working. Any options beyond?

I am trying to fix a client's computer and the Windows installer is shot. I've tried EVERYTHING I can find on the internet. Nothing's worked yet. I have tried: System Restore — Failed, and ...
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Windows XP “The setup files are corrupted. Please obtain a new copy of the program”

I just installed a copy of XP I had lying around into a VM using virtualbox. I then loaded a game disc (syberia -- awesome game) and proceeded with the install. However, when I click the .exe, ...
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How to click OK on a dialog on another desktop?

For months i have had a Windows Update stall. For months i've seen Windows Installer stuck trying to do something: Every time i reboot it leaves an orphaned folder in the root of my C: drive: i ...
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InnoSetup - Install an application “just for me” so that other users cannot access the executable

I have set up the installer for my app to offer a choice between "all users" and "just for me". The app needs admin access to install. If I install for all users a shortcut and start menu entry goes ...
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Windows Installer Cleanup Utility retired, alternative?

So the Windows\installer folder (and the WinSxS folder, but that's another story) is eating up quite a LOT of space on my hdd. Windows Installer Cleanup utility was the tool of the trade before, but ...
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Office 2007 destroyed, uninstall impossible, error 1635 (can't open patch package)

At work I'm regularly working with office products such as Word and Excel. I'm using Office Enterprise 2007 and experience a serious problem. Without having changed anything on my office ...
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Deploying Windows Service through group policy fails with Event ID 102

I'm trying to deploy a custom Windows Service (written in C#; installed through a VS setup project) using a group policy. To help debug this, I also have two additional MSIs in the same policy. All ...
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new PC is blue screening when installing Windows 7

I've built quite a few PC's so not entirely inexperienced, but got problem here! Just built a new PC from new parts which is blue screening on installing Windows 7, after about 5 times I managed to ...
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How to modify installaton sequences when you try to install some program on Windows XP?

I have try to install some program to to drive D. But Windows installer allow to install program to C drive only! Does exist any workaround solution to fix this problem?
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Issue running msiexec as Administrator in Windows 7

I recently bought a new HP computer and I am unable to run any MSI by double clicking it. I receive an error message: This installation package could not be opened. Verify that the package exists ...
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Installing Windows on a laptop using an external monitor (main display broken)

I have an HP laptop, and I smashed the display, but I work on an external monitor. I want to reinstall Windows, but the external monitor works only if Windows is installed. What can I do?
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Uninstalling Msi package with MSIEXEC

I need to uninstall a MSI package through command line. So i used: msiexec /x package.msi But this command requires the package.msi to be present in the local machine. I want to uninstall the msi ...
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Can't install MySQL 5.5.11.7 (beta)

I've downloaded MySQL 5.5.11.7 installer from http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/. When launching the installer I get the following error message: This installation package could not be opened. ...