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Windows Installer version (advice needed)


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#1 bluesjunior

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 05:43 AM

My operating system is Windows XP Home Edition SP3. While investigating whether I may have a problem with my Windows Installer application I found that the version on my PC is version 3.1.4001.5512. I saw at the Windows Download site that the latest version is version 4.5. Thinking that it could do no harm to update and possibly cure the problem I am having ( almost all the programs I download windows tells me that the files are corrupt) I went to download a copy of v4.5 but next saw that there were several different download options and I became confused as to which one was the right choice for my PC. Could someone be so kind as to tell me which is the appropriate download for my PC from the link below thanks?.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;DisplayLang=en
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Posted 17 August 2009 - 06:29 AM

You would want the one labeled WindowsServer2003-KB942288-v4-x86.exe if you are running 32 bit XP.

If in doubt then you should be able to go to Windows Updates and it will auto-detect and suggest or pre-install the proper one prior to moving on to offering you other available updates.

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 07:05 AM

Thank you ThunderZ, I use windows update but it has never offered me an update to Windows Installer.

Funny thing I just clicked on the link above from here in Firefox and almost as soon as it started to download it was cancelled. Any idea why?.

Edited by bluesjunior, 17 August 2009 - 07:08 AM.

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 07:11 AM

Come to think of it, I believe 3.1 is the latest to be pushed out via Windows update. :thumbsup:

Hope this solves your problem.

Although corrupt downloads are usually a sign of possible ISP\download server\Internet connection problems not an installer problem.

Odd. Just saw your edit so I edited mine. Using FF 3.5.2 I clicked your link, downloaded the full file. No problems. Did not attempt to install it though.

Edited by ThunderZ, 17 August 2009 - 07:14 AM.


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Posted 17 August 2009 - 07:15 AM

Funny that I downloaded that version via IE7 and when I went to install it I was told it was incompatible with the version of Windows on my PC.
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Posted 17 August 2009 - 07:29 AM

hmmmmmmm............ I won`t argue with MS.

Strange though that everything I read says it should work.

Question. What are some of the programs you are trying to download\install. Are any PC security related by chance? Or is it just about any program from any site that is giving you the error?

Do you right click and check the properties, in particular the file size prior to trying to install them?

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 08:28 AM

Latest is always best. I have version 4.5 slipstreamed with XP SP3 CD and never had any problem :thumbsup:

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 08:39 AM

Curious...... Just rechecked my work and also checked the vers. on my PC.

@ bluesjunior. I gave you improper info. This is the one you want. For Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows XP Service Pack 3 (32-bit platforms):
x86 Platform: WindowsXP-KB942288-v3-x86.exe


@ Romeo. Are you sure it is 4.5?
You can check your installed vers. by the version of MSI.DLL in the Windows\System 32 folder.

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 08:51 AM

It is ok, I went back again and saw that the v3 one was for XP SP3. I downloaded it and it installed ok and I checked the version number had changed on the msi.dll file properties in Sys32. It updated fine now I shall have to see if it has made any difference.

The program I was downloading was a copy of SP3 from win Downloads in order to make a slipstreamed boot-able disc. I downloaded it 7 times and each time I got the files corrupt message. I solved it by entering Safe Mode and using the Admin account. The funny thing was that the file I used in safe mode was one which I had been told was corrupt in my normal also admin account. This started me thinking the problem was in the installer hence the update.
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Posted 17 August 2009 - 09:20 AM

To check the version of Windows Installer :
Open Start Menu > Run and type msiexec and press Enter. You would see something like this:

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 12:03 PM

Thank you Romeo29.

I have come to dislike MS`s naming schemes. :trumpet:
Ran msiexec and it showed me at v .3.xxx
Grabbed the correct d\l, still labeled as v. 3 and ran it. Re-checked my vers. Now at 4.5 :flowers:

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