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Windows 7: Installing MSI packages


20 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x6
 
 
Installing MSI packages

My downloads folder is located on my drive D (non-sytem) storage drive. Everytime I download an MSI package installer, it does not want me to install it if I run that installer from drive D. But as soon as I transfer that file in drive C and run it from there, it works fine. Is this normal behavior? If so, why?

Thanks.

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20 Oct 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

It doesn't "want" you to install...what do you mean by "want"?
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21 Oct 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x6
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by amazing View Post
It doesn't "want" you to install...what do you mean by "want"?
Running the program will give me the installer screen just fine but when the installer already installs the actual files, it says "file not found" or something along those lines. It is different for every different msi package but it always give me an error. As soon as I transfer that file from my drive D to drive C, everything works fine.
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21 Oct 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Is the C drive another physical disk or partition of C?
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21 Oct 2012   #5

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Can you post a screenshot of the actual error?

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21 Oct 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x6
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alejandro85 View Post
Is the C drive another physical disk or partition of C?
Drive C is an SSD and drive D is a mechanical drive so yeah two separate physical disks.

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Can you post a screenshot of the actual error?

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A Guy
I will when I go home tonight. But as i've said the errors are different for each MSI package. Is this not normal?
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21 Oct 2012   #7

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I'm not sure, a lot will depend on how the installer is written, and where it wants to write it's temp files. the exact error(s) may just help. A Guy
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21 Oct 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x6
 
 

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I'm not sure, a lot will depend on how the installer is written, and where it wants to write it's temp files. the exact error(s) may just help. A Guy
Alright. But I'm sure that when I install the physx package there was a "file cannot be found" error. What's so special in an MSI package that other normal installers don't have?
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21 Oct 2012   #9

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It is just a type of installer, but it uses a package approach

What Is MSI Installer? | eHow.com

Windows Installer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia , read the section under key paths.

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29 Oct 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x6
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Can you post a screenshot of the actual error?

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Here ya go, the screenshot. Now, I noticed something. As I've said I run that under the directory D:/Users/Kevin/Downloads because I "moved" the location of my Users directory from drive C to drive D using by changing the properties (right-click) of each Users folder. I then tried moving the MSI installer at the root directory of D:/ and it surprisingly worked. It also works at drive C. Does this mean that the problem exists only when I run it from the Users folder?


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