.net framework 1.1 installer error while initializing

Windows XP Professional SP3 up-to-date

While trying to install .NET Framework 1.1 using the file dotnetfx.exe, I get a not very helpful pop-up window labeled "Microsoft .NET Framework Setup" and which reads "An error occurred while Windows Installer was initializing. Setup will now close."

What happened beforehand is that I got a message indicating a problem with .NET Framework 1.1 when I ran the .NET Framework Setup Verification Utility, so I ran the .NET Framework Setup Cleanup Utility. Then I followed the instructions at this Microsoft site:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922377

First I tried just removing .NET Framework 1.1 Service Pack 1 and .NET Framework 2 (forgot the SP number but I am up-to-date on all Microsoft updates). Then I used the second method recommended in KB922377 which removed .NET Framework 3.0 and 3.5 as well. I restarted my PC many times along the way.

Anyway, now I have no .NET Frameworks installed and several of my programs which depend on them no longer work. I'm thinking about formatting my HD and doing a clean install with the slipstreamed Windows XP Professional SP3 installation disc I made. Other suggestions would be much appreciated.

 

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Last updated December 4, 2019 Views 9,439 Applies to:

My bad. :(

I didn't follow this instruction in KB922377: "Click Start , click Run , type msiexec /regserver , and then click OK . Restart the computer." Typing msiexec regserver was what was needed. Hope this helps other people.


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