Windows Installer error

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Help and Support' started by Nezhull, Oct 30, 2009.

  1. Nezhull

    Nezhull New Member

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    Hello, I have just recently installes Windows 7 Pro x64. Everything was great, but after a few days i noticed that I can't install any software that is based on windows installer. All setups gives me the similar errors:
    error 2203: C:\Windows\Installer\593406.ipi, -2147287035

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    error 1305. error reading file [path and filename].msi verify that file exists and that you can access it. - I did and file exists, I also disabled UAC, but that did't helped.

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    sometimes it just says that can't fined specified file.

    I know that installers are fine and it is my systems fault.

    P.S. I trayed to install windows installer, but gues what, it gave me an error.
     
  2. bamburak

    bamburak New Member

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    Virtually nothing will install

    New HP running AMD Athlon2 Quad core, 6GB RAM, Windows 7 x64..... Not too much trouble at first, but now, can install almost nothing of any size. Might be the Windows Installer, as someone suggested; seems to be a problem with .msi files, mainly. An install sails along fine for a minute or two, then BAM! It hangs for 5 -10 minutes before giving me the now famous 1305 error- verify the file exists, and that you have access to it.
    Something is seriously up here. Help!
     
  3. reghakr

    reghakr Excellent Member

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    Was this an upgrade or a "clean" install?

    Are you running the setup.exe file?

    Try opening a command prompt and type>sfc /scannow
     
    #3 reghakr, Nov 8, 2009
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  4. Daryl

    Daryl New Member

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    Same problem noted with installations under Windows 7

    Well, count me in as yet another who saw this same problem with Windows 7. In my case, I have a netbook on which I have performed a clean install of 64-Bit Windows 7 Premium. Once a basic checkout assured me all was well, I proceeded with the installation of various other applications. All went well until recently, when I saw this problem and another also, of "Error 2203: Internal Error <filename.ipi> -2147287035". At first thinking a recent Windows 7 update might've corrupted the installer, I tried to think of what else might've changed.

    What changed was something I'd deliberately changed and yet must've erred on. Namely, the permissions on the Documents and Settings junction (pointing to C:\Users) where I had taken ownership of all content so that I could navigate this and all underlying junctions as if they were the Windows XP folders I was already familiar with. Using a "Take Ownership" utility I'd found online, it seems this may have corrupted some permissions although prior use of the same utility on Vista hadn't created such a problem for me. I found that the security permissions on Documents and Settings did not include a SYSTEM entry with full control, so I added that, yet the problem persisted. So, I went from there to the Users folder and checked its permissions. Although everything looked OK, I decided to add my own user account to the permissions, with full control, and replicate that through all subdirectories of Users.

    That took care of the problem and all subsequent installations went smoothly.

    In essence, if you're a user who hacks or tweaks your O/S installation to perform the way you want, and notably if you do anything affecting permissions on system files, directories, or junctions, take heed that doing so incorrectly may yield a problem such as this. If you're the only user of your PC as I am, and thus also the adminstrator, you should be able to grant full permissions to yourself and SYSTEM in those areas and be back in business.

    Regards,

    Daryl
     

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