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Windows 7: Steam problems

18 Jan 2009   #1

Windows Seven 64-bit
Steam problems

Every time I try to install steam it says windows installer has stopped working.

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18 Jan 2009   #2

Windows 7 build x64

I installed it on both 32 and 64 bit with no problems. i do run the installer in compatibility mode for vista and as administrator, try it
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18 Jan 2009   #3

Windows Seven 64-bit

Nope, ran in compatibility mode and windows installer still failed.
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18 Jan 2009   #4

Windows 7 build x64

just installed it again . no issues. you tried to download the MSI installer from Steam again.
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18 Jan 2009   #5

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium

No I have to agree with Compaker. I installed it on my windows 7 first install and it worked great. But after I did a re-install of 7, now I cant install steam. As soon as I start the setup, it stops working and gives error report.
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18 Jan 2009   #6

Gentoo Gnu/Linux, Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.5

I was having this same problem earlier.

Sollution is that you will download Winrar from RarLab and then extract the SteamInstall.msi into some folder, like C:\Program Files\Valve\Steam\ and then rename steam.exe1 into steam.exe and run it.

I tried older steam installers just to find out that those install ok but don't run at all.

For some reason Microsoft Install Service is bugging in Windows 7 about some programs. I thinks related to region and language settings but I am not sure.

There is also built in MSI Extrator in Windows which you can try like this:

In command prompt:
msiexec /a c:\temp\steaminstall.msi /qb TARGETDIR=c:\temp\steam\

but it caused msi to crash here leaving external program as only option.

I managed to find a fix for Windows Installer problems (aka. problems with .msi files).

  1. Delete the string values (Except for (Default)) in HKLM\Software\Microsoft\SQMClient\Windows\DisabledSessions
  2. Start gpedit.msc
  3. Expand Computer Configuration, expand Administrative Templates, expand System, expand Internet Communication Management, and then click Internet Communication settings.
  4. In the details pane, double-click Turn off Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program, and then click Enabled.
SQM Client Causing Crashing in Windows 7 at Chris123NT’s Blog

Thank that guy for making it not necessary to reinstall Windows 7.
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31 Jan 2009   #7

windows 7

This had worked for me

Solve a problem with Windows 7 beta
An issue with the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) client in Windows 7 beta is causing Explorer and some MSI-based installers to stop working properly.
To solve this problem, follow these steps:
  1. Click the Start button , click All Programs, and then click Accessories.
  2. Right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator. In the User Account Control window, verify that Program name is Windows Command Processor, and then click Yes.
  3. In the Administrator: Command Prompt window, type or paste the following text at the prompt:
    reg delete HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SQMClient\Windows\DisabledSessions /va /f
  4. Press Enter to install the solution.
  5. If The operation completed successfully displays, close the Administrator: Command Prompt window to complete this procedure. If "ERROR: Access is denied" displays, repeat this procedure from the top, making sure you clicked Run as administrator in step two.
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28 Nov 2009   #8


I need Help When i try to launch a game for example : Prepearing to LAuch Counter strike source after that it goes of and nothing comes on if anyone knows how to fix this pleas tell me cos when i had Xp it worked Perfectly any one know tell me pleas ty
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15 Mar 2010   #9

windows xp
A fix for installing steam on win 7

If the win instaler wont work, dowload steaminstaler.EXE instead, you can get it on the following link

FZ :: Filarkiv :: steaminstall.exe

just klick the HTTP button.
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18 Mar 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

I have windows XP ultimate 64 bit. I bought "Empire: Total War" and "Napoleon: Total War". I downloaded steam and both games are at 100% (short update for napoleon and long update for Empire). However, when i hit the LAUNCH button I get the little "thinking circle" for about 20 seconds for my mouse arrow and then my mouse arrow turns into what is possibly the mouse arrow for the game. However, nothing comes up on the screen but the change in the mouse and I can move my mouse around.

I ctrl-alt-del to task manager and it shows both Steam and the game (both napoleon and Empire did the same) as "running". I need some serious help!!! This is driving me crazy after getting a great system and software and now I can't do anything.
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