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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Installation of vcredist.msi is forbidden by system policy

My friend is having trouble installing Company of Heroes and CoH: Opposing Fronts under Windows 7. A few percentages into the installation, when the C/C++ runtime is being installed, the install fails ...
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Can't run Windows 7 Installer…Error reading from file

I am running Windows 7 (64 bit) Pro. Whenever I try to install anything from a .msi file, I always receive the error: "Error reading from file <path>/setup.msi. Verify that the file exists ...
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I can't uninstall Adobe Reader 8.1.2 so that it will let me install a newer version!

When attempting to install a newer version of Adobe Reader or to uninstall the existing version, I get the error "Error applying transforms. Verify that the specified transform paths are valid". The ...
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Windows 2003 R2, msiexec with /qn option failes to install

Hi I am running typical issue on msiexec, when i try to install a .msi component with /qn option it is not installing ?
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Installing Python in Windows XP

My work PC has restrictions that stop me from adding programs to the start menu so when I try to install Python using the Python 2.6.5 Windows installer it can't complete as it tries to add a shortcut ...
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Debian: What are these files in /sys/devices/pci0000:00/ for?

I am running Debian Squeeze on an MSI M670 laptop. I have these following files on my root drive, each 256MB: file:///sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:05.0/resource1 ...
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Can't run executables after Revo Uninstaller cleaning the registry

I was trying to remove MSDN Library-January 2002 by using Revo Uninstaller. I allowed it to delelet those leftover registry entries(my fault, i should be more careful and don't do that). Now my ...
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Installing a bundled set of multiple apps automatically and silently

When I install Windows, I like to deploy a set of the same apps (for example, Firefox, Chrome, Trillian, 7-Zip, etc.). I'd prefer to have a way of doing it all in one sitting, and I seem to remember ...
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Can't delete C:\Config.Msi\75ce84f.rbf

I can't delete C:\Config.Msi\75ce84f.rbf. it's not readonly, system or hidden it's not in use by another process (according to Process Explorer) the NT security permissions aren't the problem either ...
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How can I install firefox automatically, and set some settings?

I need to install firefox on 100+ machines, I've done a few manually but its too much of a task to do the whole lot. I need to : Install firefox executable Set "dont import anything(from Internet ...
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Two copies of msiexec is always running

When I try to install my package , I see two msiexec running in process explorer. AFter some time one of the msiexec goes away but one still keep running Anyone has idea why this happening ?
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How do I get rid of a half-done install (Vista)

I've got a computer (my Mother's personal machine) running Vista that's been messed with by her local IT 'support' (she's a Realtor and her company requires certain configurations for domain logins). ...
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How to uninstall a software that has a bug in the uninstaller?

The bug causes the unistaller to rollback the uninstallation. How can I force the software removal? The "installer" is a MSI package.
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Uninstallation problem in Windows 7

I can't uninstall one of the programs. It says: The installation source for this product is not available. Verify that the source exist and that you can access it. ...
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Can't uninstall trial version of Expression Blend 3, error writing to file Config.msi

I can not remove a trial version of MS Expression Blend 3 from my pc. I am always getting the same error: "Error writing to C:\Config.msi\6e6288.rbf." The name of the file varies. On the error message ...
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Another installation is in progress

Why I try to install any program I see "Another installation is in progress. You must complete that installation before continuing this one." error. Googled the web and found that solution would be ...
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Windows Installer gets terminated by Data Execution Prevention

I'm trying to install something, and all of a sudden Windows' DEP kills Windows Installer. This has happened to me before. Is there a fix for this I'm not aware of? I'm on XP.
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Windows Installer using usb drive for temp purposes

When installing apps that are built around Windows Installer, it would appear that it often uses my external usb hard disk (when it's connected) as the temp location while it expands and installs the ...
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Install Windows XP after Linux FS Partioned Space

I'm trying to install Windows XP onto the 3rd primary partition of my hard drive. The layout is like so: Part 1, 100 MB, Linux EXT2, /boot Part 2, 280 GB, Linux Raid, /root Part 3, 40 GB, ...
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msiexec error - GetPriveteProfileStringW

I just finished a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate and I keep getting the same error every time I try to install any msi file. From what I can tell, the software still installs as far as I can ...
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Do I need the Windows XP CD to upgrade to Windows 7

I'm running XP Pro on my Toshiba laptop that I'm going to upgrade to Win 7 very soon. The laptop came with Vista pre-installed but had a downgrade option to XP Pro which I exercised. There was no ...
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Why won't the Office 2007 AutoCorrections feature install correctly?

I've installed Office 2007 successfully but each time I use an application that requires spell checking (e.g. Word, Outlook) I begin typing and get the following message The list of common English ...
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Why do some installers need consoles to install an application?

Some installers open a console when they are trying to install the program on the machine (specifically on Windows). Why is it so? What exactly is possible through a console that is not possible ...
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Is it possible to uninstall minor upgrade?

I know that it is possible to uninstall a patch and there by bringing the application to a previous state that existed before installaion of this patch. Is this possible to uninstall a 'Minor ...
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Why do Windows Installers (.msi files) take so much longer to uninstall than other installers?

Since the Windows XP days, Windows Installers (.msi files), including InstallShield installers (which is just a bootstrap for MSI) has taken around five times longer to uninstall an application than ...
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Can't delete folder from the start menu

I like to keep a tidy start menu on my Windows XP machines. So I was surprised and annoyed when I tried to move root start menu folders for a couple of applications off into designated ...
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Install software: choose .msi or .exe?

Some software sites allow to download their software to be installed either as an .msi file or as an .exe file. When given the option, which one should one choose to download for installing software, ...
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How can I know which program msiexec.exe is trying to install?

Each time I try to install a program on my computer (running windows 7 RC), a setup.exe dialog pops up: The Windows Installer service is unavailable. Another application may be rerunning ...
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MSI installation locks up machine towards the end

I have two Windows XP machines that lock up for a few seconds towards the end of installing any MSI. The only things they seem to have in common are: I install a lot of software on them I go through ...
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Office 2007 Installation Fails with MSI Error 2203

I'm installing Office 2007 (or any of the individual Office 2007 products) on a clean Vista SP2 machine and installer is failing with error 2203: "An internal error has occurred. ...
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Run MSI files as administrator from a user account

I'm usually logged in as a normal user on my Windows XP box. Sometimes, when I want to install a software update, I don't want to log off and log on again as admin, but I right-click the installer exe ...
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TortoiseSvn & Windows7 RC1: Cannot open .msi, “This installation package could not be opened.”

Has anyone successfully installed it? When i start .msi to install it, it throws: This installation package could not be opened. Contact the application vendor to verify that this is a ...
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Uninstalling a program on Windows

When I install and uninstall a program there always seems to be stuff leftover that the uninstall didn't remove.(files,registry keys) Is there an easy way to log everything that was installed so it ...
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How to extract files from MSI package?

Can anyone advise a way, or utility that can extract the files from an MSI installation package. We have some old patches that we want to get the files from but don't wish to spend the time ...
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Why install for “just me” as opposed to “everybody”?

I'm using windows installer for a client's app, and they are complaining that sometimes multiple instances of an app appear on the computers they are using for testing. This problem has gone away ...