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Windows Installer Causing Install Loops


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#1 Rickster 1969

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 11:14 PM

Ok, this started too long ago to utilize any restore point, but here goes... Originally surfing the net on Internet Explorer 7 certain web pages would trigger Office 2000 to initiate an install, and i mean attempt after attempt, you had to be FAST to cancel each one and there would be at LEAST 9 install windows. Finally i got tired of that and just uninstalled it, I never used it anyhow.

That problem whent away, it started with another program, and again i uninstalled it as I never really used it much. NOW its affecting my Windows Live Messenger wich i DO use, and OFTEN.. i have several winks and display pictures etc.. that i do not care to replace for a uninstall and re install of messenger..

What happens is: when i click the link to load in Windows Live Messenger all the sudden up to 3 instantces of MSIEXEC.EXE appear in my running tasks along with MSNMSGR.EXE if i pick the right MSIEXEC.EXE and terminate it the installation window dissapears and Messenger appears and loads in. OTHERWISE, i have to keep terminating MSIEXEC.EXE files untill it quits trying to install. Oh, BTW, just plain letting it install is not an option, as it seems to be a corrupt installer or something, it eventually hangs at one point and will not ever finish.

I have all my updates to SP2 and this issue still happens..(im not jumping into SP3 as it breaks Style xp and TGTSOFT are not breaking any records fixing the problem). I have seen similar problems here but all seemed diffrent from mine, If i could put this problem into better words, i'd have GOOGLED my way to an answer, but all my Googling turned up a big nothing. My websearches for windows problems has lead me here many times before, so i have decided to ask my frustrating question here. I appreciate any help anyone can give, and if any other info is needed just ask.

Also, I believe i have the latest MSIEXEC.EXE build.

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 11:39 PM

Hi rickster, welcome to BleepingComputer.

Just a thought, but have you run online scans such as Windows Live OneCare and /or MalwareBytes to check that there is not a nasty hiding on your system?

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#3 Rickster 1969

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 09:05 PM

Actually no, I haven't. Since I have Windows Defender installed, Norton Internet Security, Webroot Spy Sweeper all installed. It never occured to me that it might be a virus or mallware.. Plus i do have my firewall on. I have not had any report of overt activity from said programs.

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Posted 13 July 2008 - 08:28 PM

Wow, I can't believe nobody has any ideas... would uninstalling MSIEXEC.EXE and re-installing it help? ( i realize it wont clean up any of the previous installed msi software but im running out of ideas here..) + its SOOOOO frustrating to have to play the cancel game.

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 03:36 PM

Try a couple of these free, online scanners to see if anything has slipped by your protection:
(Be advised that some of these scanners will pickup things in "quarantine" from other anti-virus programs - so review the results carefully)

http://housecall.trendmicro.com
http://www.pandasecurity.com/homeusers/solutions/activescan/
http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner Scan Only - no removal
http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html
http://support.f-secure.com/enu/home/ols.shtml
http://us.mcafee.com/root/mfs/default.asp
http://onlinescan.avast.com/
http://ca.com/us/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx
http://www.eset.com/onlinescan/

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 04:25 PM

Well...I would suspect Messenger as being the possible cause...before I considered anything else. Just a personal bias :thumbsup:.

The fact that Office was replaced by another program during these interludes...oops, I just saw where you state you don't want to uninstall Messenger.

Sorry for the diversion :flowers:.

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 07:40 PM

Repair the Windows Installer

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315353

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#8 Rickster 1969

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 07:57 PM

Well its just that its a big hassle to unisntall all of that stuff if its not the culprit. I seriously think its corruption with Msiexec.exe.. How widespread will the damage be if i just uninstalled that and started over? Because, something is prompting the installs to install instead of the program to run.. Its almost like when you double click a link Windows looks at it as you double clicking the install button. These installs, wherever they are, are either corrupt or not being read properly as they will NEVER complete an installation when initiated. Oh and usasma... im trying your suggestion, tho im 99.9% sure its not virus related, i cant be 100% sure so thanks for the suggestion.

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 08:06 PM

Sorry garmanma, your post snuck right in there before I sent my post... Thats more what i was looking for.. but ill be ****ed if i can figure out how to use Microsofts Knowledge Base propper thats why i havent come up with a microsoft answer myself.... Thank you for this and im going to check out the process..




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