ActivePython Install problem
Alex K. Angelopoulos
aka at mvps.org
Fri Feb 14 20:40:34 CET 2003
Sorry I missed this earlier, Gary.
Unfortunately, I don't have detailed knowledge of generic MSI problems. Here
are some hints about what you might try.
+ Normally uninstall info is stored under a sub-path of
You may want to run a "Find" starting from the top of that tree for "Python" and
see if you can find the original install source file; then run the original
version install. Doing so under your current installer may fix the problem,
since I think there is only an abbreviated package kept for uninstall data.
+ Another alternative would to seeing what is actually happening when you try to
uninstall/install; run the MSI like this:
msiexec /i <path>\filename.msi /l* <somepath>\somefile.log
In the case of an uninstall, after you look under that registry tree for the
Python key, you can get the UninstallString value; it will look something like
You can just tack the /l* <somepath>\somefile.log
on to it to attempt to see what hangs at uninstall.
In news:v4bfo1lvp6fbab at corp.supernews.com, Gary Richardson typed:
> "Alex K. Angelopoulos" <aka at mvps.org> wrote in message
> news:b24dun$187c66$1 at ID-136433.news.dfncis.de...
>> There may be a problem with the installer files for 2.2.1 that you have;
>> I suspect this is an issue with the MSI engine itself. What OS version
>> do you have, and what version of the Windows Installer? There were some
>> issues with an updated version of the MSI engine from last fall, so if
>> you installed/updated MSI support in that time frame you may have a
>> problem with that.
>> I'm only vaguely aware of details on this issue; one potential fix is to
>> attempt doing a forced update of the MSI engine.. :(
> Thanks for your reply. I downloaded Windows Installer 2.0+ from the
> ActiveState site but when I try to install it (i.e., running the file
> InstMsiA.exe) I get an error message "The specified service already
> exists" How would I force an update?
>> "Gary Richardson" <garyr at fidalgo.net> wrote in message
>> news:v4abcibivundd at corp.supernews.com...
>>> This is perhaps a question for ActiveState but since I wouldn't hear
>>> from them until Monday or Tuesday, I thought I would try here first.
>>> I'm trying to upgrade ActivePython on my computer from version 2.2.1 to
>>> 2.2.2. I've downloaded ActivePython-2.2.2, build 224 but I am unable to
>>> install it because I cannot remove version 2.2.1. Setup Wizard (invoked
>>> from Control Panel / Add/Remove Programs) hangs when I select Remove or
>>> Repair and click Next. What now?
>>> Thanks in advance,
>>> Gary Richardson
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