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 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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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 ...
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How can I free up drive space from the Windows installer folder without killing Windows 8.1?

On my SSD machine, the C:\Windows\Installer folder is massive and takes up about 15% of my total disk space. Is there a way to clean up that folder without killing Windows 8.1? Tucking away the ...
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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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How can I run .msi installer with administrator rights?

As in topic. I want to run .msi installer but I cannot install a program because it requires administrator rights. As for .exe files I know how to do that. EDIT: My problem is that I don't have 'Run ...
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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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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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DLL could not be run for MSI installers

I'm guessing its a problem with Windows Installer. I've tried restarting the service but to no effect. I'm not able to install anything that ends with .msi. Sometimes I get such an error message: ...
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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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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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Prevent System Restore Point from being created during Install

Whenever I install using .MSI, the system freezes right after starting the Volume Shadow Copy Service/etc, and creating a System Restore Point. If possible, I'd rather not disable System Restore, as ...
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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 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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How do I force the Windows MSI installer to perform a complete install?

I have a Windows MSI installer package which gives me the choice to do a Typical, Custom or Complete install using the GUI. The default (typical) install only installs some components. How to I tell ...
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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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Can I delete the files in C:\Windows\Installer folder? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it safe to delete from C:\Windows\Installer? The folder "C:\Windows\Installer" on my Windows XP contains 2 GiB of .msi files. I know they are Windows Installer cache ...
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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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Has Windows Installer CleanUp Utility messed up my Windows?

I ran an installer that provides a plug-in, PluginA, to the program "ArcMap.exe". Later I tried to remove this program but this did not work. The problem seems to be a bug in the plug-in installer. ...
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Can't do System Restore (failed to extract the file, 0x80070301)

System Restore did not complete successfully. Your computer's system and settings were not changed. Details: System restore failed to extract the file (C:\Windows\Installer) from the restore ...
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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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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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Log of installations in XP?

Does XP keep a log of application installations with version numbers of the installations? I would like to know when MSI based installations took place and what versions were installed.
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Install windows 8 on the same machine twice

Recently I bought and installed Windows 8 Professional. Some time later I bought an SSD drive and cloned the original disk (with Windows 8 on it) to the new one. Now I have problems with it, since I ...
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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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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?