Windows 10: Install / Uninstall MSI Error 2203

  1.    15 May 2016 #1

    Install / Uninstall MSI Error 2203


    I am having trouble, I first noticed it when an iTunes update came out and the auto update failed, I thought nothing of it.
    Next Adobe said it had an update, but it failed too. Then Plex media server did the same.

    I finally gave in and manually downloaded the files, all failed with an Error 2203. I tried to uninstall iTunes from Control Panel and got the same error.

    I also needed to install a piece of software that was in an MSI package, it gives the same error.

    I have tried setting permissions for the temp and installer directories as that seems to be well googled, but I'm still stuck.

    Any help would be appreciated!
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    16 May 2016 #2

    Hi Scoobler,
    If you are trying to use a ".msi" installer you need to run the installer from an Elevated cmd prompt.
    Check out Brink's tutorial "Run as administrator - Add to MSI File Context Menu in Windows 10" - Link HERE

      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    22 May 2016 #3

    Hi Roch O,

    Thanks for the reply, I have added the option to "Run as Admin" but I still get the same error message when trying it.

    I am able to install a few programs, but a lot fail with the error code.

    Adobe Reader.
    Apple iTunes.
    Windows USB/DVD Tool (to create a bootable USB to clean install windows......)

    Trying the install from an Admin cmd has the same error. I am an Admin on the computer, I have also tried creating a new local account on the laptop and making it in to an Admin account, but it still has the same error!
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    22 May 2016 #4

    You don't appear to be alone with this problem. Searches on the net reveal loads of unsolved reports.
    Two seem to help:
    1. Delete the temporary files created by the msi installation. And try elevated install again.
    2. Delete the itunes key from the registry. And try elevated install again.
    But the one that caught my eye was this one:
    This gives links to itunes "exe" installers which don't cause the problems which "msi" installers cause.
    Sorry I can't help more as I don't use itunes.
    Hope you find a solution which suits you.
    Best regards,
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    22 May 2016 #5

    Cheers Rich O,

    I am currently running the program to see if it can fix the permissions.
    I am convinced it's a security issue, and something that Windows is having problems with as it is happening with multiple application vendors.

    I will report back once Tweaking has finished and try the solutions you mention!

    Thank-you for your help!
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    22 May 2016 #6 failed to repair the problem, it claimed to find a few others.

    I have tried the exe install and still no luck - looks like a wipe and fresh install is coming up
      My ComputerSystem Spec


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