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2203 - Note: 1: 2203 2: [[MSI]] 3: [[RC]]

You will probably only see a "2203" message logged in a verbose log and it will probably look something like:

Note: 1: 2203 2: C:\TMP\TryMe.msi 3: -2147287008

The install fails with an "MSIEXEC.EXE" return code of 1619 and you will see a dialog similar to:

The msi can't be accessed so any message in the "Error" table can not be used.

Some known reasons:

Be aware that while you may have access to the msi, part of the install typically occurs under a "MSIEXEC.EXE" service process running under the "local system" user account which may not have the same access and permissions.

If the msi is not on a local drive without compression or encryption, then try copying to one (c:\) and retry.


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