Category: Windows Installer and Updates

When Windows updates fail
article #726, updated 1088 days ago

We have the System Update Readiness tool for workstations and DISM for servers:

For Vista/2008 SP1 and up through 8.1/2012R2 so far. One heads-up: according to this article by a Microsoft developer, it will take about 10 minutes to run, it takes the form of “checksur.exe”.

Categories:   Windows Installer and Updates   Windows OS-Level Issues


New Windows Installer Fix-It from Microsoft
article #498, updated 1362 days ago

A new tool from Microsoft, intended to replace msicuu2:

There is something different, a procedure, for XP/2003 32/64 here:

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Pending Installations in Windows
article #575, updated 1476 days ago

Check these two registry locations:

HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\PendingFileRenameOperations

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How to Fix Windows Installer
article #70, updated 2083 days ago

The below is older. Here is the latest from Microsoft, the “Program Install and Uninstall troubleshooter”:


The very best thing to do about Windows Installer problems, might just be this:

But you should also get the latest version of the Windows Installer.

The current version is 4.5. These are new installers, which appear to contain cleanup routines:

There is also a separate cleanup tool.  Sometimes you will have to reinstall applications and/or do other cleanup work if you use it.  For this reason Microsoft appears to have taken it down from its sites.  I was able to get it from here:

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Office 2003 installer popups
article #60, updated 3265 days ago

To fix those annoying popups, first try this:

In the registry:
see one folder, with a long code name; enter it.
There is an entry named CDCache; change the value to 0 (zero).

If that doesn’t work, try downloading these three files:

and save them in C:\MSOCache\All Users\90000409-6000-11D3-8CFE-0150048383C9.

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Uninstallation & registry tools
article #56, updated 3302 days ago

The Revo Uninstaller:

makes Windows uninstallation processes much cleaner. There is also RegSeeker:

which allows one to do very efficient searching etc. within the registry.

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"The Windows Installer Service Could Not Be Accessed"
article #26, updated 3540 days ago

Finally found something which appears to unlock this particular issue.

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