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Windows 7: Error 1606. Could not access network location %APPDATA%\.


24 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Error 1606. Could not access network location %APPDATA%\.

Error 1606. Could not access network location %APPDATA%\.

That is the message I received when I tried to install Microsoft Office 2010. I went to their website and used the Fixit tool, but it did not work. Any ideas?


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12 Apr 2011   #2

Windows 8.1 ; Windows 7 x86 (Dec2008-Jan2013)
 
 

More info would help.

Are you installing MS Office over the network? What type of setup is that (disc, exe, msi, etc)?
Is installation being done under Administrator privileges?
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14 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

This might help:
cannot install office 2010 or adobe reader updates error 1606 - Microsoft Answers

Quote:
If Windows Installer logging is enabled, the following line should be noted as a symptom:
“Error 1606. Could not access network location %APPDATA%”

The problem is potentially a result of an inconsistent/incorrect environmental variable (%AppData%).

Solution:
1. Open the Registry editor
2. Navigate to the following registry keys HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
3. The correct and default value for AppData should be: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming
4. Close the Registry editor, and try again Windows Update again. (A reboot should not be required.)
5. If the problem persists, repeat the steps 2 through 4 with the following registry keys:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders\
However, if changing the registry, please take a backup first:
Registry - Backup and Restore
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10 Sep 2011   #4

 
Error 1606

In your solution you state;

The correct and default value for AppData should be: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming

In the 3 forth Key, all keys start out with Common, I.E., Common AppData & has %ProgramData%. Nothing else.

is this correct for Windows 7?
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11 Sep 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

The solution quoted above states that it applies to Windows 7:
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12 Sep 2011   #6

 
Thanks

I see that you are a "Young Pensoner"!

Today at 82 I feel like an old pensoner!

I was into computers before they were called "Computers"!

My first work comouter was a PDP 8E. made by Digital Equipment Co. It had punched tape input & output. No Monitor, no keyboard & no mouse. The boot loader was entered with eight toggle switches.

My first Home computer was a Radio Shack TRS 80 (Trash 80). It had 2 - 5 1/4" floppy drives. See Pic.

This is the first time I have admitted defeat by a computer problem!!

I must really be getting old!

Tully


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12 Sep 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tullynally View Post
I see that you are a "Young Pensoner"!
Today at 82 I feel like an old pensoner!

This is the first time I have admitted defeat by a computer problem!!
I must really be getting old!
At least you're still willing to tinkle the keyboard.
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12 Oct 2011   #8

 
Tully

Did you say "Tinkle The Keyboard" or "Tinkle ON the keyboard"?

I lost my password to my account. I went through the "NewPassword" routine &
kept sending me those "Sqiggles" to type in. They had to send me about 6 before I rceived one that I could decipher!!

After going through that I think I gained a year & now am83!

I think I finally got rid of the 1606 error by buying Office 2010. I don't like it because it has too many "Features" I won't use & didn't want.

Tully
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