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I have a new Gateway computer with Microsoft Vista. My Windows installer program I think has problems in the registry. I can not install or remove any programs as the installer "locks up" I have tried system restore and that will not work. I have even tried "RegCure" which scans the system but also locks up once assigned to fix the errors. Is there a way to fix my Windows Installer without reloading my operating system?!

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  • jniemec Aug 09, 2008

    Ok I tried this with no luck. CC Cleaner did install and run ok and "fixed" errors. But Windows installer still locks up when trying to uninstall or install a program. I wonder if there is a registry patch for this?

  • jniemec Aug 09, 2008

    I had already tried the Windows cleanup utility and it also locks up once running. Tried it again after you suggested with no luck. This is a difficult problem to fix.

  • jniemec Aug 09, 2008

    The Windows Installer on my Microsoft Vista operating system locks up when trying to install or uninstall any programs. I have tried CCcleaner which installed and ran ok but to no avail. I have tried System restore and it will not start. I have even tried Regcure which scans the system but also locks up once assigned to fix the errors.

    Is there a way to fix my Windows Installer without reloading my operating system?!
    I wonder if there is a registry patch for this?
    I had already tried the Windows cleanup utility and it also locks up once running. This is a difficult problem to fix, any suggestions.

  • jniemec Aug 09, 2008

    System restore will not start either. I have tried this numerous times. Are there any registry patches or safe mode things I should try before reformatting my hard drive? (I really don't want to do this....



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Reformatting the partition is little bit time consuming but garanteed option try this.

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Did you try booting using the Last Known Good Configuartion?? If not try that one.

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    Restart the laptop then press F5 or F2 on the keyboard so you can access the Boot menu then click on advance then select the option Last Known Good Configuartion and your computer will restore itself to the time that it was working fine...



    Hope that helps.........

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If your having problems installing software or programs with the new Vista windows, most installations of software will not work correctly with you authorizing the permission. The best way to do this is to explore the cd in my computer and find the setup, install or autorun file. Right click on it and Click on run as administrator.

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    Also with the Vista you need to make sure you receive and install all updates so that the functionality of your system can work correctly.

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Your probably better off starting over by reformatting the partition and restoring windows if system restore isn't working.



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System Restore should fix it - roll back to an earlier point in time when you did not have a problem.

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    Some Vista PCs have a Repair function. Press F8 every half-second just before it boots and see if you have a repair option in the menu. Then choose keyboard and login. It should attempt or offer to repair the system.

    If that still does not work, the same menu may give you option to restore the original factory image. You may also be able to access the command prompt and copy any important files to a USB storage device.

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Try ccleaner

www.ccleaner.com

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  • Ekse Aug 09, 2008

    Do a cleanup with the program, it can also clean registry errors, then try uninstalling the program you wanted to uninstall originally. either from vista control panel or from the ccleaner.



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  • Ekse Aug 09, 2008

    you can also try



    Hold down the windows key and press R so the run menu pops up



    type in cmd and press enter



    in the shell window, type in

    msiexec /unregister press enter,

    wait a minute and type in
    msiexec /regserver press enter.

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  • Ekse Aug 09, 2008

    Have you tried one by one? remove everything possible.



    Basically the installer would need to be cleaned, cleared out and returned to the original state, have you tried system restore?

  • Ekse Aug 09, 2008

    If you must have it working without a reinstall, I suggest takeing it to a local professional who can work at the laptop and fix the issue, I could probably fix it up in a hour or two.

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