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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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 http://www.postgresql.org/...
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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?
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Install Error: Could not access VBScript run time for custom action

I'm trying to install a package on a Windows 2008 server. The package is refusing to install. I have run the install with the following command line switched to get a log file: /lxv InstallLog.txt ...
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Installing Windows XP instead of Ubuntu

I am trying to install Windows XP on a machine which at present has Ubuntu. I want the installer to format the disk and remove Ubuntu. The Windows installer starts, but when it gets to the screen ...
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The corporate benefits of using MSI files

What are the advantages of using .msi files over regular setup.exe files? I have the impression that deployment is easier on machines where users have few permissions, but not sure about the details....
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Elevating Windows installer in Vista

Vista requires elevated rights for installers which install drivers or other system items. Pointsec has one of these installers with the problem that the installer itself does not request elevation so ...
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How can I add Windows service packs and updates to my Windows XP/Vista install cd/dvd?

When I install Windows, the first thing I need to do is install the latest service packs and updates. Can I bake this into the install cd?
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Microsoft Office updates fail to install

I have one computer (Windows XP) which is updating via update services. Most updates are installing successfully, however updates to MS Office are failing to install. Windows updates then pops up ...