Simple fix for MSI Windows Installer Error

Here’s a quick post over how to install applications that encounter the Windows Installer Error.


Error Message:

Windows Installer
This installation package could not be opened.
Verify that the package exists and that you can access it, or contact the application vendor to verify that this is a valid Windows Installer package.

Alternative Solutions not presented in the video.
1) Avoid msi files and go for an alternative file format to install your application.
2) Install the application using the hidden Administrator account.
Here’s a Guide
3) Reinstall Windows on your computer.
4) Re-download the file from a different website.
5) System Restore to a period where the problem didn’t exist.
6) Extract the content of the MSI file and run the executable from there.
Extract MSI contents.batch

REM Extracts the filename.msi file to C:\extracted_files
msiexec /a filename.msi /qb TARGETDIR=C:\extracted_files

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  • Ghostygrim

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    Thx you man! that solved all my problems

  • Unknown Unknown

    How do I use REM to extract the MSI files? I’m not tech savy so I don’t know what REM means?

    • Unknown Unknown

      `REM` provides a way to insert remarks (that will not be acted on) into a batch file.

  • Psilogenis michael

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    hi there,
    I encountered a problem installing “Power Pivot for Excel” which is an msi file and a service pack for ArcGIS 10, which is msp file. The error i get is the same and never happened bfore…”THere is a problem with this Windows installer package. A DLL required…….”. i read various posts on the internet and tried to uninstall and reinstall JAva…nothing worked…..I appreciate all your help!!!
    thank you
    Michalis

  • Argo

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    Hello Im trying to install a program in windows XP and Iget this error message. I have the latest version of Windows Installer service (V4.5). I read that Windows Installer 5.0 just came out for Windows 8. Can this be the issue?

  • kyau

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    i just found out about your video and that simple fix works like a charm, thanks a lot man! I was also wondering how come you don’t make any more new videos, they’re very informative and straight foward.

    Thanks so much from Canada 😀

    • Larry Battle

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      It takes a lot time and effort to create simple videos.
      I remember that 4 minute windows installer video took around 3 – 6 hours to make. The research, editing, setting up the environments and tools, writing out a narrative, and multiple takes to get the video right can easily suck up your time and energy.

      However, I’m planning to create more videos when I can find out a better way of getting paid for the effort.

      Thanks for the comment!

  • vigna

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    windows installer

    this installation package could not be opened. contact the aapplication vendor to verify that this a valid windows installer

    package

    when i install cubase i got this error pls help me guys

  • David 123

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    On my it says error aplying transforms.Verify that the specified transform paths are valid.Please helm me man i dont know what to do thanks!

  • David 123

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    tell me sorrw

  • Joshua Joson Manzano

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    wher can i find python -3.2.2 msi

  • Ghostintheshell 99

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    Please help me I’ve been trying to solve this issue for hours with no luck, I Followed your steps on how to solve this but I still get the same message. I will be very happy when this issue is solved because now i can start programming with python. I’m on windows 8 btw.

    • Larry Battle

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      Sorry but the best fix will be to upgrade to windows 10 or reinstall windows 8. I don’t have windows 8 anymore so it will be hard for me to debug.

  • Alex

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    Thanks to Larry Battle!! Her I got an informative post on windows installer. The video was very helpful. I had a problem on installshield. I think InstallAwareis better installer.