Windows Components INSTALLER Error

March 18, 2009 at 14:20:19
Specs: Windows XP Home SP3
Hi All!
Okay...I have a little problem.
I am trying to Organize & Fix some "Services" running on My System & needed to get into the "Add/Remove Windows Components" Section in the Windows Installer Program but when I try to gain Access to this Particular Area I get a Red X Error that I DO NOT get elsewhere in the Installer. I can Get Into & Use the "Change or Remove Programs" section Fine, & the "Set Program Access Defaults" Opens Fine too!! Its just the "Windows Components" section that I get this error!!??
The Error Reads:
"Setup Was Unable To Load the Master Information File"
& then When I Hit <OK> I get Another Red X Message that Reads:
" The Application Could Not Be Initialized ".

Now, I have NO clue how long its been like this. I cant even remember the last time I went into the "Windows Components" area before, but I did just get done installing a Package of .Net Frameworks that included .Net Framework 2.0, 3.0 & this Oldie Computer only had 1.1, so I dont know if maybe this effected it or not.

I would be extremely GRATEFUL for any help at restoring my access to this area & correcting this issue...Please?

Can I maybe Reinstall Windows Installer & maybe it would fix whatever is wrong?

ANY Helpful Information or Suggestions would be MORE then Appreciated!!!


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March 18, 2009 at 14:28:09
... hi LadyCore

... to add/remove Windows Components one has to stick-in the XP CD

... which ones are you trying to add?

... nice font ... I like it!

"...pentathol makes you sing like a canary"
... got brain freeze

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March 18, 2009 at 15:25:45
A Google search for 'Master Informatio file' turned up a couple of suggestions.

Use SFC /scannow
Insert the Windows XP CD in the drive.
Click Start/Run and type CMD
In the Command Prompt, type this line:
expand X:\i386\sysoc.in_ -r c:\windows\inf
X=drive with the I386 folder

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March 18, 2009 at 15:41:27
In addition to the above, the various versions of netframworks are not necessarity needed at all. Some programs require them and will ask for then. You don't update those either. If a program was written to use 1.1 then that is what is required.

You may need to update Windows Installer, if your version is old. Generally you will get a message indicating that. Below is a link to the redistributable version of Windows Installer 3.1.

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March 18, 2009 at 17:10:10
Othehill - why Windows Installer version 3.1? Last JUne 2008 MS replaced it with a more tolerable Version 4.5 HERE


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March 18, 2009 at 18:14:31
OK, I just came upon 3.1 and figured it was new enough. Is 4.5 OK for XP?

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March 18, 2009 at 18:22:03
Yes it is - according to the System Requirements specified in the link.


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