Another useful Windows Trick

August 28, 2008 at 11:49 am (Programming/Development, Technology)

Have you ever had an application that somehow corrupted during install, update or removal? Would you get that stupid “Windows Installer” dialog box popping up every time you booted up your machine or attempted to complete a certain task? What makes it worse is that it fails each time and there’s seemingly no way to stop it… until now (Well, more like, until I Googled it a bit ^_^ )

Anyway, the fine folks over at Microsoft made a utility specifically to remedy this problem. It’s called the “Windows Install Clean Up” utility. It will detect which applications were installed (or otherwise modified) with Windows Installer. Using the tool, you can choose the one that’s giving you a headache, click the magic “Remove” button, and all your pesky installer problems will disappear! Hooray!

Note though, that this does not remove the application or anything… the best thing to do after using the clean up utility is to reinstall the application in the same location you had before. This will create new copies of previous files and prevents duplicates.

You can read more about the utility and download it from Microsoft here.

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