[FIXED] “Problem With This Windows Installer Package” Error

[FIXED] “Problem With This Windows Installer Package” Error

/ Shayne Sherman

A typical computer system requires the installation of several apps that give the user the necessary functions to complete their varied digital duties or activities. It’s simple to install software/applications on a Windows machine.

However, you may encounter complications such as “There is a problem with this Windows Installer package,” and so on when installing or uninstalling software.

In this post, we’ll cover the causes of Windows installation and uninstallation issues and the appropriate fixes.

Causes of the “There Is A Problem With This Windows Installer Package” Error Messages

Several factors may cause this error, and the following are a few examples of such causes.

  • The Computer Does Not Meet the Minimum Requirements, or a Package is not Compatible With the System Architecture – There are minimal and recommended system requirements for every software and application. Therefore, an installation error occurs whenever a computer does not fulfill the minimum requirements for the program that you are trying to install/; furthermore, Windows systems distinguish between 32-bit and 64-bit versions. As a result, installing a wrong setup file will result in an installation package error.
  • You Don’t Have Administrator Permissions – This additional security feature protects a Windows computer against unauthorized data tampering. A user encounters Windows installer errors when installing a program on a machine to which they do not have administrator privileges.
  • Outdated or Corrupt Installer File (.exe file) – There may be instances where a user downloads a corrupted software/application installation package (.msi file or .exe file). As a result, the Windows operating system cannot read the incorrect data, and an error occurs throughout the installation process. This may be caused by the antivirus software blocking the download midway through its download, or you have an unstable network access while downloading the installation file.
  • Your Operating System is Not Updated – Unless you’ve already done so, now is the moment to upgrade your computer’s operating system. Updating your Windows Operating System can improve security, fix system compatibility issues, and introduce new features.

How to Fix the “There Is A Problem With This Windows Installer Package” Error Report

After knowing what’s causing the Windows Installer package error message, it will be easier for you to find a Windows Installer package fix. Here are some of the easiest and most effective methods you can perform.

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First Method – Make Sure You are Logged in with an Administrator Account

Installing software from a third party is only possible if you are logged in with the Administrator account or if you have given yourself permissions equivalent to those of an Administrator on another account. Bloatware and malware can’t get past this security measure, which has been built into Windows since Windows XP and is present on all editions of the Windows operating system.

Here’s how to get Administrator permissions on your account.

  1. Press Windows and I keys at the same time to open Windows settings.
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  1. Click “Accounts.”
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  1. On the left pane, click on “Family & other users.” Under “Other People,” click on the user account you wish to grant administrator permissions to and click “Change Account Type.”
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  1. Change the Account Type from “Standard User,” select the “Administrator” option and click “OK.”
  1. After granting Administrative permissions to the account, open the installation file and check if this fixed the Windows installer issue.

Second Method – Use the Microsoft Program Install and Uninstall Troubleshooter Tool

Windows has a tool that you can use to fix issues with the installation process. Follow these steps to know how you can use the tool.

  1. Go to Microsoft’s website to download the file by clicking here.
  2. Click on “Download Troubleshooter” and wait for it to complete.
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  1. After the download is complete, open the file and follow the on-screen instructions.
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  1. When you launch this program, it will check for and fix installation issues. It’s also worth noting that you won’t have to take any needless chances with third-party solutions because Microsoft supplies this tool.

Third Method – Re-Register Windows Installer

The Windows Installer is a crucial component for installing software on your system. While you cannot repair or remove it as quickly as other applications, you can utilize the command prompt to re-register it and potentially resolve any associated problems.

  1. Hold down the “Windows” key or Windows logo on your keyboard and press “R,” and type “cmd” in the run dialog box. Hold both the “ctrl and shift” keys together and press enter. Click “OK” on the next window to grant administrator permissions.
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  1. In the Command Prompt window, type in “MSIExec” and press “Enter.”
  2. You will then see a window that will display a report about the status of your software package. If you see an error, then continue to the next step.
  1. Open the command prompt window once again, type in the following commands and make sure to press enter after typing in each command:
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msiexec.exe/unregister
msiexec.exe/regserver
  1. After performing both commands, check if re-registering the windows installer fixed the problem with this windows installer package.

Fourth Method – Restart the Windows Installer Service

If re-registering Windows Installer did not solve the problem, you could try restarting the service. This will allow your system to restart the services effectively. To do so, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Run command line by pressing the Windows and R keys at the same time and type in “services.msc” and press “enter” or click “OK.”
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  1. In the list of Microsoft services, Right-click the “Windows Installer” service and click “Stop.” Wait for at least 30 seconds, right-click on it again and click “Start.”
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  1. After restarting the Windows Installer service, open the installer file and confirm if the error persists.

Fifth Method – Repair the Problematic Application

  1. Hold down the “Windows” key and press the letter “R,” type in “control” in the Run dialog box, and press enter to open Control Panel.
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  1. In the Control Panel window, click on “Programs and Features.”
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  1. Look for the problematic application in the list of programs installed on your computer. Right-click on it and select the “Repair” option.
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  1. Wait for the repair to complete, and you should be good to go.

Sixth Method – Run the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter

  1. Right-click on the installer file you are trying to install and click on “Troubleshoot Compatibility.”
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  1. In the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter window, select “Try Recommended Settings.”
  2. Wait for the troubleshooter to complete and check if this fixes the problem with this Windows installer package.

Final Words

You must begin the troubleshooting process by determining whether or not the chosen installer is suitable for use on your computer system. This issue may occur, for instance, if the system’s architecture does not match your system’s architecture.

Shayne Sherman
Meet the author

Shayne is an expert at all things Microsoft Windows and computer security. As a Windows user of over 30 years, he has been featured on Business Insider, Yahoo, Tech Republic, Hacker Noon, Techopedia, and many other publications. He also enjoys spending time with his family, including his English bulldog, Fergie as well as entertaining at his home theater.