The last thing you need on a busy work day is pesky Windows installer errors. However, they do occasionally occur. Fortunately, most of them are not serious. You can usually do away with them in a few minutes.
How To Recognize Windows Installer Errors
You may have Windows installer errors on your PC and not even realize it. Usually, the only way you can tell is if you receive an error message. This alert looks similar to what you see in the following image:
However, sometimes the alert you receive is more specific, such as this error 0×80070424 prompt you see below:
What Exactly Are Windows Installer Errors?
Usually these messages exist to alert you of a problem you are having while trying to install or use a program. For instance, the 0×80070424 error example you see above tells you that your Windows Firewall prevented you from installing a program.
This error could occur for any number of reasons. For example, it might happen when you try to set up a program when logged in on your PC other than as the “Administrator.” Otherwise, it might be that you are trying to install software while you have too many open Internet browser windows. Likewise, this problem could result from running too many programs on your computer at the same time.
Other common Windows Installer errors besides 0×80070424: 1603, 0x800ccc0b (a common Outlook Express error), as well as 1722 and 1719 (common Java errors). You might also receive messages that you need the latest version of Flash—sometimes even when you have the Flash plugin installed.
Simple Ways To Remove Windows Installer Errors
The following instructions are written assuming you know how to access your computer “Control Panel.” If you don’t know where your PC Control Panel, you can search for it right from your PC desktop or computer start screen.
Note: The screenshots you see below are from Windows 7. Your screens may appear differently in Windows 8. Even though the steps you see below are not exactly what you may see in Windows 8, they are in some ways similar.
- Temporarily turn of Windows Firewall. This may not be the best possible long-term solution. However, it will help you find out if your firewall actually caused the installation problem. If not, then you can move on to try something else that will work better. If your firewall is a problem, then you can move on to the next step you see below.
- Allow Windows Firewall access to the program. You either will select a program from a list or you will add it. The screenshots to follow will help you once you have searched for “Windows Firewall” on your PC.
Find Firewall in the Control Panel
To enable programs not listed, click Alloq another program…
If you are unable to use one of the above methods of adding the program you want to use, you may need to try a different approach. The different ways of doing so you see below may help you more.
- Uninstall the program you are trying to use. You can do this from your “add or remove programs” menu. Just like most other important operating functions on your PC, this is located on your “Control Panel.”
- Look for “Programs” on your list of Control Panel options, and then click on “uninstall a program:
For instance, if you are having problems with your Adobe Air program, you can select it from the list, and then click “uninstall”:
- After you click on “uninstall”: Then, you follow through with steps you see to either change or remove the program. Sometimes, you have to completely uninstall it before you reinstall it again. However, some software also comes with a “repair” or “change” installation option. Just follow through with all the steps shown to you as each uninstall prompt tells you what to do next. Then, reinstall the entire program, and restart your computer. If it works, great, if not you may have to install Flash, Java, or other program that will make your software run.
- Reinstall Java or Flash. Some software and multimedia you run on your computer may require a different version of one of these two programs. Usually you will receive a notice that you require the correct version of Java or that you need the latest Flash plugin. If you do see a Java or Flash error, you are advised to update this software before you do anything else. You can go to Java.com for more detailed instructions on how to install Java. Likewise, you can go to Adobe.com to find detailed instructions on how to install Flash.
- Use a trusted registry cleaning software. Your preferred registry cleaning software may help you remove all PC errors the fastest. All you need to do is follow the manufacturer’s instructions you see for downloading and installing it on your computer. Usually, you can start your scan for Windows installer errors within a few minutes. Then, you can ask this software to fix or remove all problems. The length of repair time varies, and it depends on how many registry problems you have on your PC.