What is "error code 1603” or “ERROR_INSTALL_FAILURE”?
Error 1603 is generated when there is a problem with the Windows installer package. The problem with the Windows Installer is that it cannot unpack the files to the specified folder. This can happen with any of the software that need to be installed on a system.
Operating Systems affected are:
- Win XP Home and Professional.
- All versions of Windows 2000
- All versions of Windows Installer Packages
Error appearing on the screen
Error 1603: Fatal error during installation.
What should I do to fix Error code 1603?
The error 1603 is caused because of the reasons given below:
- The folder you are trying to install the windows installer package is encrypted.
- The Windows Temporary Folders are full.
- Short File name is disabled on the machine.
- The folder in which you are trying to install does not have administrative permission.
How to resolve these issues
To solve these issues, you use the methods listed below:
Encrypted Folder – The only method to solve this problem is to install the windows package in a folder which is not encrypted. Encrypted folders are usually created by the operating system to store important files. If this doesn’t work go, try the next solution.
Windows Temporary Folders –Temporary folders are used by the Windows operating system to temporarily store installation files and other process files. Windows usually deletes the files once the folder is full but sometimes it doesn’t. In that case, follow the steps below:
- Click Start and go to All Programs.
- Go to Accessories and then System tools.
- Click Disk Cleanup and select the drive.
- Click OK, it will show up all the files taking up space.
- Select the checkbox next to Temporary files and then click OK.
- This will delete the temporary files completely.
Now try to install the files. If it still doesn’t install, go to the next solution.
Short File Name is disabled: Ensure that the short file name creation option is ‘Enabled’ on your system. To do so, follow these steps:
- Click Start and then click Run.
- Type Regedit and then browse to:
Ensure the value "NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation" is set to 0. This will indicate that the short file name creation is enabled. If the value is 1 then this functionality will be disabled. In that case, change the value back to 0.
Administrative Permission – You can grant full access to the login account to install the windows package. This can be accomplished by these steps:
- Double-click My Computer.
- Right-click the drive to which you want to install the package.
- Click the Security tab.
- Look for the account you want to give access to.
- If the account is present, then select the account, and then under Permissions choose Full Control.
- If the account is not present, click Add.
Select Users or Groups dialog Box appears.
- In the Name Field, add the user or the SYSTEM and then click Add.
- Click OK.
- Now provide Full Control to the user.
- Click Advanced and select the check box Replace permission entries on all child objects with entries shown here that apply to child objects and click OK.
- If you receive a security message click OK .
- Restart the system and then log into the user.
- Run the Windows Package Now.
These steps should solve all the problems with ‘Windows Installer Packages’.