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    Windows Installer

    Everytime I start up windows, it runs something called "Windows Installer." After it loads, you cllick OK to the message "Windows Installer installled sucessfully." Is there any way to keep this message from apprearing?

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    Re: Windows Installer

    It appears that some program did NOT complete the installation or you have a link in the startup. Open msconfig and see if it is listed in the under the "Startup" tab. If so clear the check mark, and have a go at it.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Windows Installer

    Thanks for your suggestions. Unfortunately the msconfig suggestion did not solve the problem.

    I looked under "Startup" tab and could find nothing about Windows Installer. Also started up in safe mode and used confirm by step method. I saw nothing about Windows Installer.

    I could not find anything about Windows Installer in the Microsoft Knowledge database.

    Other than being anoying, it doesn't seem to be causing any problems.

    Tom

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    Re: Windows Installer

    There are several areas where things are "stated" from. Perhaps you can find something in these sections of the registry:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentV ersionRun
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentV ersionRunOnce
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentV ersionRunOnceEx
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentV ersionRunServices
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentV ersionRunServicesOnce

    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVe rsionRun
    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVe rsionRunOnce

    Also, is there an obvious program that you installed just before this began to occur?

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    Re: Windows Installer

    Using Start / Find it shows a hidden system folder in the Windows directory (at least on my system) called, oddly enough, "Installer" and inside is an .msi file, "61fd8.msi" whose properties window says it is "Windows Installer Package". The Summary tab in properties indicates that this is in some way related to the installation of Microsoft Picture It on my system. I've attached a ScreenShot of the Properties window. Hope some of this helps.
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    I was just cleaning up for the night and came across 3 files in the Windows/Temp folder that caught my attention. They are .log files and 2 of them are referenced in the third file, called msievent.log. they are all related to the Windows Installer Package it would seem.
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    Re: Windows Installer

    I am also still confused.

    Did the find routine and found installed in C:Windows and c:WindowsApplicationDataMicrosoft

    The installer folder in C:Windows contained 10 files: two .MSI (Windows Installer Package) and eight .msp (Windows Installer Patch) I opened several of the files and they all seem to deal with MS Office 2000 Maintenance Mode.

    I don't know whether or not they can be deleted.

    The other directories contains 3 subdirectories that each have numerous files such as Accicons.exe, bindico.exe, fpicon.exe, etc also some .ico and .mst files

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    Re: Windows Installer

    Thanks your your suggestions.

    I checked the HKEY locations your referenced. None has anything called installer. See reply to Doc Watson.

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    Re: Windows Installer

    Tom,
    I ran a search on Google and found this MS site
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/downl...msi/default.asp
    that had this and more to say about Windows Installer........
    "Windows Installer is a system-resident installation service that provides consistent deployment, enabling administrators and users to manage shared resources, customize installation processes, make decisions on application usage, and resolve configuration problems.
    Conceptually, the Windows Installer service examines applications as a collection of components (files, registry keys, other resources), keypaths (the path of a given component), and as globally unique component codes. Because Windows Installer manages applications at the component level and oversees resources other than files, it ensures that no resource is installed or removed unless the component that owns it is either installed or removed. In short, Windows Installer monitors what a particular component has installed and cleanly performs uninstall/removal tasks.
    To properly maintain the applications and resources installed on the computer, Windows Installer uses an API that administers all file paths for a particular application. With this management API, Windows Installer determines the correct path to specific components and ensures that no applications point to missing files. In addition, the management API assists in on-demand installation and configuration of Windows Installer products and features--including dynamic repairs of applications, upgrades, patching, and keypath verification."

    It would seem that the Windows Installer is a System Administrators tool that monitors installation of patches, updates and other installations (by what criteria is anyone's guess). Why it would be doing what it is on your system is strange, but if you can determine what program it is telling you was successfully installed then you might be able to ferret out the offending file or line of code in the registry and stop the annoyance. But as you pointed out, it probably isn't doing any harm.
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    Re: Windows Installer

    Had some time and did a bit more pokin' around. Went here
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/downl...i/msireadme.asp
    and found what I think may at least address your issue if not correct it.
    "Using Windows Installer Service to Install Service Packs
    The Windows Installer package file (Update.msi) contains all the information that Windows Installer requires to install or uninstall the service pack. You can use the software installation and maintenance feature of Windows 2000 to deploy the Windows Installer package that installs the service pack. The software installation and maintenance feature uses a Group Policy object (GPO) to deploy the package on computers within Active Directory containers, such as sites, domains, and organizational units (OUs), that are associated with the GPO.
    <font color=red>When you assign the package to computers, the software installation and maintenance feature installs the service pack automatically when the users start their computers</font color=red>; the users do not choose to install the service pack. Only a local administrator can remove the assigned software."
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    Re: Windows Installer

    Thanks for all your research. I appreciate pointing me in the right direction. I have been temporarily side tracked and hope to work on the problem this weekend. Once again, many thanks.

    Tom

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