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Useful tools: Windows Installer Clean Up

Posted by Daniel Hölbling on September 15, 2008

Although we all love the Windows Installer, sometimes it can give you a really hard time when it breaks (it does rarely, but it does).

That's the time when you need the Windows Installer Clean Up tool that will remove all install related information from your database so you can start over with the install.

I strongly advice not to use this tool for software that's properly installed. You'll have to clean registry/filesystem by hand if you delete the installer information. It's only really helpful to remove stuff you may have already deleted on the filesystem or to recover from a broken install.

You can download the Windows Installer Clean Up here, make sure to run it as administrator (Vista won't prompt you, it will just fail).

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