Windows 7 Can't install games - any games!

#1
I'm running win7, auto updates, latest nvidia drivers, on an amd dual core 32 bit 2.7 processor with 4gb memory.

The machine works perfectly in all respects - except that it won't install any games!

I've tried cod4, cod2, bioshock, crysis warhead, mass effect2...etc. All legitimate copies, bought from shops new.

The same problem every time: installshield starts, then vanishes, leaving just the icon in the system tray. Hovering a mouse over that shows a blank, un-openable window. Task Manager says setup is running - but it never gets anywhere. Scannow shows no system file problems; dxdiag shows no dx problems; the dvd drive works perfectly for everything else.
I'm completely baffled. Can anybody help? Please?!
 


#2
Hello and welcome.

Try disabling UAC, rebooting and then installing.

If that doesn't go well, uninstall your antivirus, reboot and install MSE to replace it.
 


#3
Hi - thanks for the response. I've disabled UAC and turned off my AVG - still no luck. Do you think uninstalling the AVG might make more of a difference than just turning it off? I'll try anything - but would rather not have to uninstall something I've paid for :-(
 


#4
I didn't say to "uninstall" while actually meaning "turn off" instead.
 


#5
I didn't say to "uninstall" while actually meaning "turn off" instead.
Indeed you didn't. Sadly, uninstalling didn't work. Thanks anyway.
 


#6
You're welcome. Your pc is in much better shape performance-wise now as a side effect. :)

Make sure the Windows Installer service is set to manual and not disabled. Run this command from an elevated command prompt:

sfc /scannow
 


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#7
[langtitle=pt]Re: Can't install games - any games![/langtitle]

[lang=pt]Só estou a ver uma solução, leve o computador ao "mecânico" e pergunte o que se passa, de certesa que ele vai arranjar uma solução, se não, mande para a garantia e troque esse por um igual novinho ;)[/lang]
 


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