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Windows 7: Unknown program trying to install itself

25 May 2011   #1

windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 
Unknown program trying to install itself

I keep getting a Windows installer pop-up saying that "Another version of this product is already installed. Installation of this version cannot continue....." I click "Ok," and the pop-up goes away but comes back.

I'm not trying to install anything, and I don't know what program may be trying to install or update or whatever it's doing. Is there a way to find out what program it is so I can get it to stop?

Thanks!

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25 May 2011   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Hi,

Type EventViewer in the Start Orb, search box, and then select it from the list that appears. Under Windows Logs > Application, have a look to see if any of the entries listed might correspond to the attempted installation.

Let us know if you need more help.

Regards,
Golden
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25 May 2011   #3

windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Thanks. It appears to be Dell Support Center and/or PC-Doctor. When I go to the control panel, I'm not able to uninstall it because it's asking for the installation disk, which of course I don't have.
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25 May 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello.


Have a look at this little guide at the link below to see if there's an entry in the Windows 7 startup folder (msconfig) that could be causing this to keep trying to install, if so see if disabling/removing the entry will sort the issue for you.

Troubleshooting with MSCONFIG



Here is the full-grown tutorial, I just feel the little guide is easier to use for what you need.

Startup Programs - Change
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