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 out what is triggering the repair? Is there a list of likely causes somewhere?

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Endlessly repeating cycles of Windows Installer self-repair may have many different causes.

Here are a few angles on the subject with the first link providing a long list of possible causes:

  • Please don't post a list of links as an answer. Even if the resources are on Stack Exchange, they might vanish, making this answer worthless.
    – Sven
    Aug 15, 2014 at 15:16
  • Should this question be marked as a duplicate then?
    – gtirloni
    Aug 15, 2014 at 15:48
  • I can 1) delete the whole answer, 2) leave it as it is or 3) duplicate the content here yielding only a dual source problem since I actively try to maintain the content of the article on stackoverflow.com. It is not really a problem for me, I just thought this self-repair issue relevant for both system administrators and developers. Aug 15, 2014 at 16:04

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