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HOW TO: Remove Failed Installation Files In Windows

Last updated on 14/12/2010 by | Short URL: http://hbb.me/Y7lJBn

Windows Installer CleanUp Utility
Consider, you are installing an application in your PC and in the middle, due to some reasons, the installation failed. Some of the application files are copied to your PC and of course, Windows by default provides no option to remove a partial installation. So those files still remains in your PC.

Don’t worry, there is a solution from Microsoft itself. Windows Installer CleanUp Utility can remove any installation files that were copied to your computer. It removes installation information for programs that were installed by using Windows Installer. This CleanUp Utility is available for free download.

Windows Installer CleanUp Utility will not remove the actual program from your computer. It will remove the installation files so that you can again start the installation, upgrade, or uninstall over.

After removing the installation files, it will allow you to re-start the program’s installer and you can proceed with the installation.

Prevention is better than Cure

You can create a restore point in Windows before installing any application. If the installation failed in mid-stream, you can easily restore your PC using System Restore. It restores and makes your computer look as it was before the installation.

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On September 9, 2009 by in Guides | Short Link: http://hbb.me/Y7lJBn  

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28 Opinions on “HOW TO: Remove Failed Installation Files In Windows

  1. Thank God for restore points. Good post.

  2. sriganesh says:

    nice post, good work, i have this similar problem, but now i now how can i remove it , thanks for sharing

  3. S.P , its a nice post

  4. Tutorials Archive says:

    simple but useful for me. tnx

  5. Nice info. I learned something new today =)

  6. Ohh, Thats cool! It happens to me a lot of times and this utility will surely be of my help. Thanks

    • Glad this article is useful to you Rohit ! 😉

      I came across hundreds of failed installations and searched for those application files to delete.. now there is a solution ! :)

  7. Great tutorial dude :) , whenever i used to install any heavy softwares and suddenly power goes off then when i run the setup files again it would show me the error as setup process already running ,So i used to use System Restore as you told Prevention is better than cure :) !!!!!!!!!!

  8. Phew, Now I Can Install That Game Again, Thanks Pradeep :)

  9. Muhammad Qasim says:

    very useful info…hope it will help
    thank you pradeep 😀

  10. i used this utility and is very useful..

  11. am always afraid to use this kind of software, worries me that it might delete or uninstall something important, thanks for the system restore idea, will try it now,

  12. Narendran.M says:

    nice share dude!!

    I’ll try Windows Installer CleanUp Utility..

  13. thank you this was my problem in the past.
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  14. I like the last tips…it does’t need any software
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  15. This happens to me a lotta time. thanx for sharing boy. Keep up the good work :)

  16. Kim@ themordecais says:

    Yeah, good point. But there are also some software that would also delete the installer files if the installation fails. But if the one that you like don’t have it, there is always a system restore.

  17. Thanks Pardeep. I always have PC shut down problem.Your post is useful for me but can you please help me in one more task. My PC shut down unexpectedly. I have windows 7 with 1 gb ram 250 GB hard disk. It shut down due to ERROR ID: 41. I am not sure what it is.

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