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Ways to resolve “error 1603: A fatal error during installation” while installing Windows® Installer package on Windows® XP®

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How do you resolve “error 1603: A fatal error during installation” while installing Windows Installer package on Windows XP?

A system with Windows XP and Windows 2000 may face “error 1603: A fatal error during installation”. You may encounter this error due to different reasons. This can come up when the folder which you are trying to install the Windows Installer package to is encrypted or when the drive which contains the folder you are trying to install the Windows Installer package to is accessed as a substitute drive. Another situation is when the system account does not have Full Control permissions on the folder which you are trying to install the Windows Installer package to and also when the error message comes up because the Windows Installer service uses the system account to install software.

Tip to fix the “error 1603: A fatal error during installation”, that can occur while trying to install a Windows Installer package on a Windows XP system are discussed below:

  • Install the package to a folder that is not encrypted
  • Avoid placing new software on a substitute drive
  • Grant Full Control permissions to the system account

Install the package to a folder that is not encrypted

You need to utilize this method if you receive the error message when you try to install the Windows Installer package to a folder which is encrypted. It is not possible to install the software package in Windows Installer format into an encrypted folder. In order to avoid this issue you need to install the software into a different folder which does not have the encryption feature turned on.

Avoid placing your new software on a substitute drive

You need to utilize this method only if you receive an error message when the drive that contains the folder which you try to install in the Windows Installer package is accessed as a substitute drive. You cannot install software packaged in the Windows Installer format to a drive which is substituted for another drive.

Grant Full Control permissions to the system account

You need to utilize this method if you are getting an error message when the system account does not have Full Control permissions on the folder that you are planning to install the Windows Installer package on a Windows system. To make changes in the permission you need to log on to ‘My Computer’ and go to ‘Properties’.

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