Learn about different error codes for Windows® Installer processes
What are the different error codes for Windows Installer processes? What are the ways to fix such errors?
Microsoft Windows is a series of operating systems that comes with better features and usability options. The features and usability of these systems simplify the daily tasks of the users allowing them to work more with less effort and time. Windows Installer is one such easy-to-tool that helps the users to install/uninstall application programs to/from their Windows systems. It can also be used for updating or repairing a software program. The features of Windows Installer include advertisement, installation on demand, administrative installation, etc. It also uses a list of error codes which indicates different types of errors associated with the program. Error codes fall under different categories like Successful Codes, Error Messages, Invalid Errors, and Failure Errors.
Discussed below are some points that will help the users to know more about Windows Installer error codes and also provide the methods to fix those errors:
- Successful errors
- Invalid errors
- Failure errors
Successful errors are caused when Windows Installer finishes an action successfully. These error codes don’t actually represent an error but indicates a success. Windows Installer uses error codes no matter whether it encounters a success or a failure. Successful error codes can be easily identified since these messages contain the word “SUCCESS”. “ERROR_SUCCESS_REBOOT_INITIATED”, “ERROR_SUCCESS”, and “ERROR_SUCCESS_REBOOT_REQUIRED” are some of the successful error codes used by Windows Installer.
Invalid errors are caused when there is invalidity in Windows Installer. These error codes include “ERROR_INVALID_DATA”, “ERROR_INVALID_PARAMETER”, “ERROR_INSTALL_PACKAGE_INVALID”, etc. The former two errors indicate that the data or parameter supplied to Windows Installer is invalid. It can be solved easily by selecting ‘Allow’ for ‘Full Control’ in the ‘Security Permissions’ of the program you try to install. The security settings and other settings can be accessed via the ‘Registry Editor’.
Failure error codes represent that Windows Installer has finished unsuccessfully. Some of the error codes associated with failures include “ERROR_INSTALL_SERVICE_FAILURE”, “ERROR_FUNCTION_FAILED”, “ERROR_CREATE_FAILED”, etc. “ERROR_INSTALL_SERVICE_FAILURE” occurs when the Windows Installer service cannot be accessed. This can be caused because of invalid values in the registries. Corrupted or outdate driver programs can also cause the same error to happen. Shutting down the Windows Installer service and re-registering it will fix the issues related with invalid registry values. Update the driver programs in order to fix the issues related to driver programs. Alternatively you can re-install the Windows OS so that you get a fresh copy of Windows Installer with default registry values.
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