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Windows Installer "stalling then timing out" on 8.1

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    Windows Installer "stalling then timing out" on 8.1


    I'm having problems with the windows installer taking a long time installing something. I tried installing a couple programs and the installer box would come on screen, nothing would be happening for the longest time. Then, another box would come up saying something like retry or cancel. I would hit retry, then it would fill some in the progress bar... etc etc etc. Eventually after a couple hours everything was installed. This shouldn't be like this. I remember when I built this computer in March 2014, everything was fine, then in June 2014 this seemed to be the problem. Rebuilt it in July and now 3 monrhs later it seems to be happening again. The first time I accidently did something to try to resolve this and I had to install all my non windows programs on again... so I just did a fresh install and started over. I don't want to do this again. I have most of windows on a 1tb Samsung SSD then Four (4tb) Drives for other things. F: Drive for programs, the others for backup, Video and Music.

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    W10 x64 pro and W8.1 x86


    I can't say what is causing your issue but one thing you need to save all the work of reinstalling... backups ! Make a running incremental backup as you build your system up, then as soon as something goes wrong you can recover back in minutes.
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    See if your AV is stalling things while checking installation.
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    No the anti virus (eset smart security) is disabled. I have seen somewhere else where some people are same problem almost 3 months later. Seems a coincidence.
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    Installer Hangs/Stalls when installing new programs


    I'm still having these problems with Windows Installer program. It stalls/hangs for hours. If I turn off the machine and try to reinstall something it says that it is in the process of installing the program. Do I need to call Microsoft for them to give me an answer?
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    Windows 8.1 64

    same problem here for 6 months now.


    Quote Originally Posted by tmyc View Post
    I'm still having these problems with Windows Installer program. It stalls/hangs for hours. If I turn off the machine and try to reinstall something it says that it is in the process of installing the program. Do I need to call Microsoft for them to give me an answer?
    I also have this problem for half a year now. Every installation stalls. Windows updates, normal software... Everything. I found out that restarting in safe mode allows me to install.
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Windows Installer "stalling then timing out" on 8.1
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