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Old 08-17-2004, 23:01   #1 (permalink)
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PC experts - Problems with Windows Installer

Hey guys

Im hoping someone can help me out, I'm running W98SE, and about a month ago, I had an error that said something like 'RPC invalid' whenever I tried to install something. So I google'd it, and a few other people have had the problem, I downloaded a patch from Micro$oft, and it fixed it for a while. Now Installer won't let me un-install anything at all, it asks for .MSI files of whatever I try to install, but these files don't exist.

Anyone got any advise??

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Old 08-17-2004, 23:18   #2 (permalink)
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Format, re-install. Fixes everything, everytime.
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Old 08-18-2004, 00:09   #3 (permalink)
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is your computer part of a network at all?
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No, its not part of a network.

I re-installed Windows, but it still had the same problem, although I will do it again now and see what happens.
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Re-install Windows.. but don't use 98 Sh*t Edition. Use 2000 Professional.
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Old 08-18-2004, 16:04   #6 (permalink)
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re-installing windows often doesnt fix much... you need to completely wipe the disc
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Re: PC experts - Problems with Windows Installer

I would have thought "re-install Windows" generally includes a format. Re-installing Windows over the old version without formatting doesn't fix anything - just wastes valuable time.
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We formatted and re-installed windowns on the weekend, fixed all the little niggly problems that we had. Mostly spyware, adware and just general virus'... mind you we've already got a fair bit of spyware back.. probably came with XP Pro though!

Definately format, and then re-install... if that doesnt fix it, take to the computer with a hammer.
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if that doesnt fix it, take to the computer with a hammer.
Amen.

I had a hard drive fail on me a few months ago at work that contained valuable data (DivX movies) and I had 2 options: (a) get a new one under warranty or (b) smash the bejesus out of it.

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I did get weird looks from my colleagues but laughter ensued afterwards.

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lol good stuff, i have lost my temper with hard drives here at work before and surprisingly enough a subtle bashing caused them to randomly work ROFL, but yeah i suggest a format and get a better OS than 98, its a P.O.S
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