It matters. For example I can get that to happen on titles like Paint.net. The fix differs from other installer issues.
In rapid fire mode, what I do.
1. Uninstall the installer. (may be challenging to something to skip.)
2. Use the "Installer Cleanup Utility" at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290301 to remove PENDING INSTALLS
3. If any .NET install issues use the removal tool at http://blogs.msdn.com/astebner/archive/2005/04/08/406671.aspx
4. At this point you go get the latest installer and install that.
Also, since these Windows 2000 (W2K) installs tend to collect a lot of "crud!" I suggest a run of CCLEANER in it's DEFAULT settings and clean it 3 times with the SAME SETTINGS it installs with to eject old temporary files.
Somehow I messed up my Windows Installer where it won't install anything. Been looking for answers for awhile now so I don't even remember what I did.
All I want to do is reinstall the installer. But I haven't a clue. I only get lost in the Microsoft site. Anything I know I've taught myself by both books or trial & error.
When I try to install I get the following message: "The Windows Installer Service could not be accessed. This can occur if you are running Windows in safe mode, or if the Windows Installer is not correctly installed. Contact your support personnel for assistance."
os name: Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
version: 5.0.2195 Service Pack 4 Build 2195
System Manufacturer: Gateway
System Model: GP6-300
system type: x86-based PC
processor: x86 family model 5 Stepping 2 GenuineIntel ~298 Mhz
BIOS version: PhoenixBIOS 4.0 release 6.0
Thank you for any and all help!!