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MSVCRT / 0xc0000142 Error On Setup.exe Launch


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'lo :tazz:

A couple of weeks ago I came up with the stellar idea of installing Westwood's original (W95/98) Red Alert on my W2K machine with the MS ACT tool and the compatibility tool that's on the W2K install disk. I fully admit that this was a dumb thing to do, so file this under 'seemed like a good idea at the time'. The install went OK, and the game runs great. I was keen to cane my friends 7-year old son, what can I say? ;)

However since then, whenever I try to run certain installers built with what I suspect is a specific version of Install-Shield I get two error messages:

MSVCRT.DLL is not a valid W32s application, and setup.exe application failed to start error 0xc0000142 - and then the installer usually stops, but on rare occasions certain installers will continue.

.msi fils generally install without a problem, but only if I launch the .msi directly, and not via any accompanying setup.exe. The PC is virus/spyware free and in otherwise excellent health. W2K, 3.0ghz, 2gb, 60gb, fully patched.

The following I have tried, and completed successfully, but didn't cure the problem:

(+) reinstalling IE6
(+) reinstalling SP4
(+) reinstalling Office 2003 (.msi ran, but not the setup.exe)
(+) installing MDAC (8, I think it was)
(+) installing DirectX 9c (was getting desparate at this point!)
(+) copying MSVCRT.DLL from a 'known good' w2k environment
(+) reinstallation of VB5 and C++ runtimes
(+) reinstalling w2k original fileset from CD using recover mode (not processing registry)
(+) a mirriad of registry tools, which didn't find any problems (and so didn't fix/modify anything)
(+) removing msvcrt.dll from non \winnt\system32 directories
(+) unregistering of the slayerui.dll that I registered to enable compatibility mode
(+) reregistering of msvcrt.dll

I tried reinstallation of NAV 2003, but the setup.exe refused to execute.

I've tried just about everything I can think of - if anyone has further suggestions, I'd love to hear them. Rebuilding this computer is not really an option because it would take far, far to long... THX, TIA!
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Did u get the latest Windows Update for Windows Installer 3.1 (i.e. *.msi files)?
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Yes - forgot to put that in. I also downloaded the .msi cleanup util from MS, but didn't want to use that because it didn't list anything that I could say for certain was causing me problems.

Did u get the latest Windows Update for Windows Installer 3.1 (i.e. *.msi files)?

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Windows Installer CleanUp Utility removes only the Windows Installer configuration information that is related to those programs.
I asked whether U got the latest version of Windows Installer, i.e. 3.1.
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Yes, I do.

Windows Installer CleanUp Utility removes only the Windows Installer configuration information that is related to those programs.
I asked whether U got the latest version of Windows Installer, i.e. 3.1.

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Yes - forgot to put that in.  I also downloaded the .msi cleanup util from MS, but didn't want to use that because it didn't list anything that I could say for certain was causing me problems.

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Try using the cleanup, might solve the issue.
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Try using the cleanup, might solve the issue.

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...any thoughts as to where to start, since all the apps in the list are installed, work fine and don't cause me any grief?

From what I remember, the cleanup util requires you to select one and then have at it with a big stick. Might be mistaken though, I didn't go any further than installing the clean-up util and thinking that it might be headed the wrong way.
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Refer this MS article.
http://support.micro...kb;en-us;290301.

Note: After u run the CleanUp, U will have to re-install all Applications that were installed using Windows Installer.

Edited by darth_ash, 26 July 2005 - 01:54 PM.

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Refer this MS article.
http://support.micro...kb;en-us;290301.

Note: After u run the CleanUp, U will have to re-install all Applications that were installed using Windows Installer.

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Hmmmm, I'll re-open that line of enquiry, but because the app (Red Alert) was not listed I was reluctant to dive in and start tweaking stuff.

Any other thoughts?
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Hmmmm, I'll re-open that line of enquiry, but because the app (Red Alert) was not listed I was reluctant to dive in and start tweaking stuff.

Any other thoughts?

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No dice. Didn't work. :tazz:

I also tried re-registering a whole load of DLL's associated with IE6 manually.
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