Windows is the preferred choice of operating system for many people all over the world. I myself have always used Windows as my PC’s operating system. However, it is not the easiest to use operating system by a long shot. Problems and bugs can be found a plenty in installing and/or updating it components. The best thing is that you can find a fix for it almost every time just by using your head.
The Windows Installer is by far the most problematic Windows application that I have encountered so far. Getting this program to work is not as easy as it sounds and you might find it to be quite frustrating. Every time you need to update any of your Windows components, you will have to make use of the Windows Installer and there is a high chance that you will have to go through the pain of fixing some or the other issue.
Since I have gone through a lot of this, I have picked up certain top-notch fixes on my way to mastering the use of this program in various versions of the Windows OS. Here are some of my most trusted fixes for some frequently encountered Windows Installer errors in Windows XP, Vista and Windows 8 versions.
Fixing Windows Installer Error 1603 in XP
The most common Windows Installer error that you may encounter while using it for Windows XP is the 1603 error which rolls back the installation process of the installer after delivering a fatal error message. I use the following fixes for resolving this problem:
- Reinstall the installer in a new folder making sure it is not encrypted.
- Try installing the installer in a separate drive.
- Giving the SYSTEM account full control permissions.
I have found that most of the time the 1603 error can be resolved with ease either by installing the program in a different folder or drive than in one the one in which I had tried to install it earlier. Just make sure that the folder in which you are installing the program is not encrypted.
If this does not solve the issue then granting the SYSTEM account full control permissions is the right course of action to follow.
Fixing Windows Installer Error 1719 in Vista
The most common Windows Installer error that I have come across while using it for Windows Vista is error 1719 which stops the installation of a program and in its place displays the message that the Windows Installer could not be accessed. I have found the following fixes to be of great use for resolving this issue:
- Changing the settings of the Windows Installer Service Registry.
- Doing a status check of the Windows Installer service.
- Uninstalling the old versions of the program I am trying to install or update.
I have been able to solve the 1719 error by simply changing the Windows Installer Service Registry settings. This can be done by opening the regedit file using the Run option and setting the value of the Win31FileSystem to zero. If this does not help then checking the status of the Windows Installer services is the next solution to the problem.
I did this by opening the services.msc file using the Run option and ensuring that the Windows Installer does not have a disabled status. The last fix that I have found useful if all other options fail is to uninstall all the previous versions of the program I am trying to update and then restarting the installation process.
Fixing Windows Installer Error 1723 in Windows 8
The commonest problem that I encountered while using Windows Installer for installing programs in Windows 8 is the 1723 error which after displaying the message that something is wrong with the Windows Installer Package ends the installation process altogether. I have found the following fixes of great use when trying to overcome this problem.
- Using Fixit available at the Microsoft website.
- Granting full control of the temp folder to my account.
For solving the 1723 error, I have found that using the Fixit utility available at the Microsoft website is pretty handy. You can easily get this issue solved this way. However, if it fails to do the trick then granting full access control of the temp folder to my account was the only solution I could find for resolving this issue. You can do this by logging into the security panel of the temp folder and adding your account in it. After adding your account, grant it full permission and then try to reinstall the program you are trying to install.
Thus, if you encounter any of the above-mentioned Windows Installer errors then use any of the fixes I have mentioned. I am confident that you will find these fixes to be of great help for resolving your issue.