Windows Installer (which was previously named Microsoft Installer) is a component of modern Microsoft Windows systems used for the installation, maintenance, and removal of software. It is a competitor to other, 3rd party installation software, such as Install Shield.

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Windows Installer Error 1721 on uninstall

I'm trying to uninstall a program from Windows Server 2012, but when I do, it tells me: Error 1721: There is a problem with this Windows Installer package. A program required for this install to ...
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How can I eliminate the huge, cached MSI files in C:\Windows\Installer?

The size of the MSI cache folder (C:\Windows\Installer) has grown substantially, and is now taking up way too much disk space on my domain computers. Can this folder be eliminated or shrunk?
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How can I determine what causes repeated Windows Installer self-repair?

The Windows Installer Service keeps triggering a repair operation (self-repair) of a package installed on my desktop. I am unable to find the cause and resolve the problem permanently. How do I find ...
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Why does Windows Installer check the volume information of a shared drive when installing a file within the shared drive?

I'm running into an issue where one of my users is having trouble installing a Windows Installer file. The file is located on a shared drive that the user doesn't have complete access to, but the user ...
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How can I speed up MSI package install and uninstall?

When installing and uninstalling Windows Installer packages, or MSI files as they are called, the progress of the installation appears signifiantly slower than with other installation packages. Why ...
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Is it possible to disable msiexec help GUI?

I'm automating unattended retrieval & installation of specified .msi packages with a powershell script but if the command is invoked with syntax errors the msiexec will wait indefinitely for an OK ...
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Unable to launch MSI installers off NFS share

I have a Linux server where I've configured a read only NFS share. The client I'm currently working on is a Windows Server 2008 R2 machine that has the NFS features installed. I'm able to open and ...
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How can I get an InstallShield Package to install as the SYSTEM user, or from SCCM?

There is a piece of software that I am trying to package that uses an InstallShield installer. I have tried the /r and get the C:\Windows\setup.iss file, and call the package via start "" /wait ...
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Disable all installers, but still be able to install via intune

So, here's my conundrum. I have about 500 pc's out in the field that aren't on a domain (yep, I know. I didn't set up the network) and I'm trying to manage them via InTune. These computers are all ...
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Not enough storage space is available

I have just re-installed a Windows Server 2008 Machine and am trying to get it into production, shipped with SQL Server 2008; the problem is, that it requires an application called: Windows Installer ...
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Roll back suspended .MSI install from command-line

We deployed a Java installer to a large number of machines, and it froze up on about half of them. Now, subsequent deployments are failing because of the following message: User 'SYSTEM' has ...
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How to allow program updates without prompting UAC?

We have about 15-20 users who have this software installed. We have UAC enabled through GPO as you should, which means the software prompts for admin approval if a standard user trys to install it. ...
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Java group policy install succeeds but not fully installing

I am attempting to deploy java over group policy and am running into a few issues. Sometimes when the msi installs, the installer reports that it succeeded in the event viewer, but when I go to the ...
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Windows Installer GPO - “Prohibit user installs” value is missing on Windows 7

The old Windows XP GPO template had three options for "Windows Installer\Prohibit user installs": Allow user installs Hide user installs Prohibit user installs The new Windows 7 template has only ...
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Install PHP/Apache windows 7 [closed]

I've successfully installed Apache 2.2.22 and I ran the localhost and I got the It works message so I'm assuming that is ok. Then I installed PHP 5.3.15. My question is how do I make those two work ...
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What is the preferred way to distribute a small update to software?

If a product simply requires a replacement of the .EXE file, what would be the expected way to deliver this update to multiple workstations in a large enterprise? Is an .MSP file preferred? Or ...
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Having trouble running a .MSI on a Windows 2008 R2 Server

We've got a new Windows 2008 R2 Web Server. I've got a couple of old, but vital, ASP.NET apps that I'm trying to migrate off of an older 2003 R2 server, onto this new 2008 R2 server. The ASP.NET ...
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Domain migration results in MS Office running installer every time

My workplace is migrating multiple departments, each with their own AD domain into one combined one. For the most part this is all ok, however we've run into a problem with MS Office 2003 installs on ...
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Keep Windows Installer from using largest drive for temporary files

By default Windows Installer uses the largest drive for temporary storage, no matter if that's needed (meaning there would also be enough space on the system drive). Taken from ...
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What happens when you uninstall a per-user installation?

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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Building uEFI bootable ISO and USB for Windows 7 deployment

I have been trying to build up a window's 7 and 2k8 EFI deployment ISO or USB. But struggling to to even get an ISO to boot from even VMware Workstation EFI implementation. The problem is there is no ...
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New Apache2.2 installation overwrites index.html (Windows)

I've just updated my Apache2 (v2.2.21) installation on Windows - first uninstall the old version and then install the new one. Afterwards, I was very badly surprised when instead of my default (and ...
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I need to run a program after the Windows Vista Installer Completes. (Windows AIK)

How can I run a program after the Windows Installer? I know how to mount and commit .wim files. This must be done using the Windows Automated Installation Kit. Is there a default registry hive where ...
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How do I get around the Java silent install showing a UAC prompt?

The Java runtime installer has a silent installation switch, jre-6u27-windows-i586-s.exe /s. However, when UAC is set to any of the "Notify me" options, the Java installer still shows a prompt! Is ...
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Java JRE corrupted after updating web application stack using a custom built MSI

We have an Java web application that is installed on a Windows environment. We use Advanced Installer, a commercial product, to build the MSI. The installer installs Tomcat 7, Apache 2.0 and deploys ...
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Remote installing programs by scripts or batch files

Firstly, I can't use Group Policy as our team doesn't manage that. The company is a massive FTSE company with a team for every aspect of IT you can think of. Our team needs a way of installing ...
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How to find Microsoft Windows Installer version number?

I'm trying to figure out if I need to upgrade to Windows Installer 4.5, but I don't know how to check the current version number. What is the procedure to do this?
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How do I uninstall an ActiveX control via Powershell

I have to constantly switch back and forth between two installations of a web app with two different versions of an ActiveX control. Therefore I'd like to script the ability to uninstall this control. ...
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Windows Installer always says “Another program is being installed”

Somewhere some software install must have died. Now when I try to install software, I get popup message from the Windows Installer saying "Another program is being installed. Please wait until that ...
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How does Windows Setup locate Windows installations?

How does Windows Setup locate Windows installations? For Windows 2003 and earlier, this was done using boot.ini. How is this done on newer Windows OSes that don't use boot.ini?
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Windows Installer Service Issue

I'm trying to clear up some space on C:\ drive by copying contents of C:\Windows\Installer folder to another NTFS Partition and create a junction point(Symbolic link) from C:\Windows\Installer to ...
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Windows Installer cannot execute EXE install files

When I run the msiexec.exe with an msi file, it runs perfectly. The problem is that many install files are not msi's but exe's. My question is: How can I run an exe file with the msiexec.exe command? ...
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Can't install Virtual Machine Additions

I've got a virtual machine running Windows Server 2008 (client) on a Windows Server 2003 (host). I'm running Virtual Server 2005 R2 with SP 1. I can not install Virtual Machine Additions on the ...
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Error when installing windows installer 4.5 - You do not have permission to update Windows XP

I'm trying to install window installer 4.5 but i'm getting an error reading "You do not have permission to update Windows XP. Please contact your system administrator". See short screencast to see ...
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Why Windows Installer can only install a single program at a time?

I have always been wondering why Windows Installer only allows you to install one program at a time. It is very frustrating not to be able to launch multiple installations, especially when setting up ...
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Can normal users be granted permission to run signed installers (MSI)?

I'm working on deploying a .NET desktop application via ClickOnce and need the users to be able to run the prerequisite installers. Normal users generally do not have permission to run installers, but ...
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Find GUID of MSI Package

How can I find the GUID of an MSI package? I would like to script the removal of a program on a large number of desktops by using: msiexec.exe /x ProductCode Any reason why this would not work ...
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Windows installer fails with code 1722

I have a Windows installer that fails on a German version of Windows XP, SP3, issuing the code 1722. The user has run the installer with logging enabled, and the failure occurs when an executable ...
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specify temp folder for msi extracted files used for installation

I was recently installing Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 to create my build server on a VM (Windows 2003 R2 Std), I was wondering that it would be nice to specify the ...
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Unable to install Windows Installer 4.5 on Windows Server 2008

One of the prerequisites for installing SQL Server 2008 Express R2 is Windows Installer 4.5. I have a couple of WS2008 machines I'm prepping, so I downloaded the appropriate version of the file ...
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How to create an MST for silent install using Orca?

I'm trying to deploy 7zip via GPO; I assigned the original MSI, but the package installation simply doesn't take place. What I've gathered is that I need to create an MST. In the spirit of trying to ...
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Upgrading Endnote Users

We are about to go through the process of updating our users on mass so that they can submit their grants to NHMRC. They are a mix of Endnote 9/X1/X2. The NHMRC specifies X2 and we would like to ...
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“Touching” software deployment group policy programmatically or via script

I have an internal application that uses the Windows Installer. Each update to this application is a "major upgrade" (different product code, same upgrade code) and it calls RemoveExistingProducts. ...
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Running MSIEXEC on non-administrator login

I need to get an msi installed on a number of machines. I've written a script to check the version and deploy if necessary, but it doesn't seem to like the msiexec call. Can msiexec be run from a ...
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Where can I download PostgreSQL 8.0 Windows binary files?

I need the PostgreSQL 8.0 binaries for me to recover the data from a crashed server, which has no backup whatsoever. I've looked at the official website link for downloads ...
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Windows 7 clean install: vendor-specific disk or not? [closed]

When I upgrade from Vista to Windows 7 in the near future I would like to do a clean install (from my own experience and from reading, that seems preferable to an in-place upgrade). I am wondering, ...
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How do I determine what the Windows Installer (msiexec) is doing?

After rolling out a new software package, I'm seeing high CPU usage on machines. One process that seems to be really active is msiexec, which really shouldn't be running. I'm watching it in process ...
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I want to install an MSI twice

I have a peculiar wish to install an msi twice on a machine. The purpose of the double install is to first install under the pre-production folder, run the deployment in a safe environment prior to ...
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What could be causing MsiInstaller to continuously reconfigure applications(EventID 1035)?

I have a brand-new machine that we just installed Windows Server 2008 Enterprise on about two months ago. In the event log, I am seeing thousands of EventID 1035 logged. This is MsiInstaller ...
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Quickest manual way to check what version of the Windows Installer is installed?

I have a production server and need to know what version of the windows installer is running, what's a quick way to find this out without running the 4.5 installer on the server?