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Recently when trying to install software I keep getting an error message in windows installer that says "This installation package could not be opened. Contact the application vendor to verify that this is a valid Windows installer package." I have done a virus scan using up to date defenition files and it doesnt find anything. How do I fix this error?
Yeah I have Windows XP pro, I followed the link but I dont have office 2000 installed, and I still get the same message :(
Click Start, and then right-click My Computer.
On the shortcut menu, click Manage.
In the left pane of the Computer Management window, click Services and Applications, and then click Services.
In the right pane, scroll down to Windows Installer, and then right-click Windows Installer.
On the shortcut menu, click Start.
or set it to manual if disabled
In the Start Menu select Run, type cmd, and then at the prompt type msiexec /regserver
and look at Windows Installer Cannot Be Found, similar to your problem
if the above doesn't work, then maybe you should do the following
open documents/tools/folder options/filetypes/
scroll down to the windows installer extension,which should be windows installer package (msi)
and click advanced,you should be presented with 3 different actions
and confirm open after download should be ticked
click on install and then click edit ,the action should be &Install
application used to perform action, "C:\WINDOWS\System32\msiexec.exe" /i "%1" %*
use dde should be ticked,click ok to get out of that,now click uninstall, and edit,the action should be &Uninstall
application used to perform
"C:\WINDOWS\System32\msiexec.exe" /x "%1" %*
and use dde ticked
action should be Re&pair
application used to perform
"C:\WINDOWS\System32\msiexec.exe" /f "%1" %*
and use dde ticked click ok and apply if you made those changes..
Suggestions and Checkpoints for fixing Windows Installer error messages:
Go to Start/Run and type in: regsvr32 msi, msiexec /unreg and msiexec
Components/Windows Installer/Prohibit User Installs
try this fix,
Windows Installer Fix (Line 94)
Windows Installer can use logging to help assist in troubleshooting
issues with installing software packages. To enable verbose logging
apply this edit:
Windows Installer Logging or Cleanup Utility (Line 84)
Windows Installer will store the logs in the TEMP directory. The
filename is random, but begins with the letters "Msi" and end with a
Troubleshooting Windows Installer
click here wininstaller
"Error 1719. The Windows Installer Service Could Not Be Accessed" Error
Message When You Add or Remove Program
Tried all of the above to no avail, still getting the same error message :(
sorry i can't help further
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