Will not install or uninstall anything

I can't get Windows 7 to install or uninstall any programs. Whenever I try it says a network resource is unavailable and asks me to point to the install package, but still never works. I've been trying to fix this for months now, I've asked around before and I've tried every relevant fix I could find on the internet. So as one last shot, any ideas? I don't feel like doing a fresh install of Windows 7 if 8 is coming out soon, and I get Windows for free through MSDNAA, so I thought I would do an upgrade install to windows 8 CP and then just enter the final key when I get it, do you think that would fix it?
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  1. tipoo said:
    I can't get Windows 7 to install or uninstall any programs. Whenever I try it says a network resource is unavailable and asks me to point to the install package, but still never works. I've been trying to fix this for months now, I've asked around before and I've tried every relevant fix I could find on the internet. So as one last shot, any ideas? I don't feel like doing a fresh install of Windows 7 if 8 is coming out soon, and I get Windows for free through MSDNAA, so I thought I would do an upgrade install to windows 8, do you think that would fix it?



    Could it be that this began happening after you installed .net framework sp 2? If so.....try this:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/330061
  2. terryd75 said:
    Could it be that this began happening after you installed .net framework sp 2? If so.....try this:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/330061


    I tried finding it through both steps, it doesn't seem to be there either in the control panel or through the installer command. And opening the 1.1 installer just has it say something along the lines of "setup has encountered an error and must close". Thanks though.

    If nothing works, do you think an OS update would erase whatever the problem is, or carry it forward?
  3. I assume that youu have dwnloaded and installed ALL of the microsoft up-dates and service packs, etc?
  4. terryd75 said:
    I assume that youu have dwnloaded and installed ALL of the microsoft up-dates and service packs, etc?

    Yup, half of those fail too though :sarcastic:
  5. Your problem is much too complicated and you are not giving us enough info.
    Like, what is the exact error message?
    What install package is it looking for?
    When was the last sucessful windows update?
    Have you tried windows System Restore?
    What are you trying to install?
    Is absolutely everything not installing? Programs? Games? Utilities?
    Did you scan for virus's?
  6. memadmax said:
    Your problem is much too complicated and you are not giving us enough info.
    Like, what is the exact error message?
    What install package is it looking for?
    When was the last sucessful windows update?
    Have you tried windows System Restore?
    What are you trying to install?
    Is absolutely everything not installing? Programs? Games? Utilities?
    Did you scan for virus's?


    I gave the exact error message, for every installation it says a network resource is unavailable. Looks just like this (arrows not mine)


    The last windows updates installed today, but there are about 8 that always fail to install, all just labelled security update.

    Everything, games, programs, utilities.
    Scanned using MSE, Malwarebytes, SuperAntiSpyware, all clean.
  7. why does it show a path with a virtual windows 7? That was never mentioned....... Thats your problem!! It doesn't know where to find the drivers, etc, etc. it does look like you are using some kind of setup that is out of the ordinary. do you have windows 7 loaded on your hdd? Or are you using some virtual set-up?
  8. terryd75 said:
    why does it show a path with a virtual windows 7? That was never mentioned....... Thats your problem!! It doesn't know where to find the drivers, etc, etc. it does look like you are using some kind of setup that is out of the ordinary. do you have windows 7 loaded on your hdd? Or are you using some virtual set-up?


    No no, that's just what the dialog looks like for installs, the screenshot is not mine. Its a normal Win7 installation, and just for standard programs it does that. The path it shows is normal (C: downloads or whatever)
  9. wow..............I guess I have to admit defeat on this one. I have never heard of this exact issue b4. If it were me, I'd probably be re-formatting my hdd and re-loading windows from scratch. Understanding that there is probably a fix......but, having no idea what that fix would be, short of a complete re-install. Wish i could have been more help........sorry
  10. Sorry for the delay, been sick.
    Anyways...

    Open a "Elevated Command Prompt"
    Goto Start > Search Programs and Files(on the bottom of the menu, right above the start circle button) > Type in: cmd > Right Click cmd.exe on the results up top of the start menu > Run As Administrator

    At the prompt, type in: sfc /scannow

    And let it run, and we will go from there.
  11. Also, after you run that try this:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/886549

    Use "Method 1"
  12. Tried both, did not fix it. The first said it applied some changes and to reboot, but when I did I still had the same errors. At this point I think I may as well make a fresh back up of my documents then start new. I really appreciate you all trying though, thanks. This time I'm definitely doing a separate data partition to make restores less of a headache, I used to do that in the Windows XP days, not sure why I stopped :pfff:

    Thanks again though
  13. Perhaps give subinacl a shot. I use it to fix windows update if updates are failing to install. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't; but its worth a shot either way.

    http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=23510
  14. Thanks everyone, I tried everything you said but nothing worked, went ahead and did a clean wipe and restore. All back to normal now. Surprising how little Windows 7 slows down over years unlike every previous version, I must say.
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