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Old 03-16-2008, 05:35 PM   #1
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Hello!

I have one or two programs, which - when started - open also the "Windows Installer". This one tries to install and configure another program, which is already installed and configured. It takes quite some time and repeated "close"-clicks to stop this nonsense.

How can I disable the Windows Installer to act in this foolish way?

many thanks

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Old 03-17-2008, 02:57 PM   #2
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Not really.

You are getting this because you deleted something the program needs so it looks for the program installer.

This can especially happen with downloaded install programs that place MSI files in your profile TEMP directory, then delete it when the install is done. Dumb, really dumb. It's why I don't like MS Installer, needing the original MSI file to uninstall or reinstall anything.

One way to confirm this problem, is try to uninstall one of the programs via Add/Remove Programs and see if you get a similar error. If you do, the original MSI is missing
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Hello Tecknomage

thanks for your analysis.

Just before I do anything:
which program should I uninstall?
- One which starts the Windows Installer
- or the one which Windows Installer is trying to install again?

sincerely yours

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