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Unable to initialize installer GUI?

by MichaelG2468 / August 21, 2011 4:39 PM PDT

I ran Decrapifier and afterwards went to download a program. I then got the error message and now every download I have tried, except Opera, has failed. I already tried restoring to before it all started, but no luck. I only deleted 4 items with Decrapifier. One was a game, one was realtime player, another was BandiMPEG1, and I can't remember what the last was.

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"Download" or "Install"?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / August 22, 2011 1:31 AM PDT

The error message "Unable to initialize installer GUI" usually only happens when you're trying to "install" a program.. Which is it?

And more importantly, which operating system are you having issues with? Make and model number?

If you're having problems installing things, then there are a few possibilities..

1. Decrapifier corrupted the Windows Installer.. If you're using Windows XP or Vista, then try installing the latest Windows Installer for your machine at the link below. If you can't download on your computer, then download the file on a friend or family member's computer, then copy it to a CD or flash drive, then transfer it to the problem machine.:

2. Sometimes, the error you're showing can be the result of malware. If that's the case, then follow the instructions in the link below to scan your computer.

Hope this helps and let us know more.


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by MichaelG2468 / August 22, 2011 1:51 AM PDT

The problem happens during installation. I'm running Vista and I'm on a Toshiba Satellite A355-S6935.

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Windows Installer
by joel919 / January 16, 2012 11:19 AM PST
In reply to: Vista

Where can one find the program "Windows Installer"? And how do I use it to install a CNET software download. All my CNET downloads have this problem.

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(NT) The Windows Installer Link Is Provided In My Post Above
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / January 17, 2012 11:22 AM PST
In reply to: Windows Installer
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by MichaelG2468 / August 22, 2011 2:25 AM PDT

I tried your first solution, but it did not work. I then looked around the Microsoft site and found
the Fix It Solution Center. I then ran "Automatically diagnose and fix common problems with Windows Update" and tried to install the programs that were having trouble installing. They installed fine.

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Good Job & Thanks For Posting Back !
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / August 22, 2011 2:32 AM PDT
In reply to: Success!!!

It sounds like some services and/or registry entries were fouled up with the Decrapifier.. Gladly, they're fixed now.


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Known CNET security problem on Windows 7
by joel919 / January 16, 2012 11:08 AM PST

CNET put ads into its downloader software which security in Windows 7 detects and does not allow.
This appears to be a problem with no fix.
Try getting the software from another source than CNET.

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Then Don't Use The Downloader
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / January 17, 2012 11:21 AM PST

You can still download the installer file without using the CNET downloader.. Try clicking on the link below the "Download now" button so it uses your standard browser downloader..

Hope this helps.


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No button
by joel919 / January 17, 2012 11:04 PM PST
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One click more
by Kees_B Forum moderator / January 17, 2012 11:12 PM PST
In reply to: No button

If you click on the name of the program in that list, you go to the detail page of that program. And, it you're logged in as a CNET member, there's the direct download link right below the big green button.


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(NT) Yep...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / January 18, 2012 3:21 AM PST
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Installed but now won't work
by joel919 / January 18, 2012 8:09 AM PST

Yep. It installed ok. But when I ran it I got a Memory Access denied message (even when run as administrator). I running 64 bit Windows 7 on an HP dv7-405. This program used to work on my older Dell. Too bad.

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64 Bit vs 32 Bit -There's a Difference
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / January 18, 2012 11:40 AM PST

Unfortunately, you never told us the name of the program which you're trying to run on Win7.. Make sure you've got the 64 bit version of the program, IF there is one... If there is none, it's possible it simply won't work on the "newer, better" system.

Hope this helps.


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You saved my butt! Very simple, Very Effective!
by crawfishmc / July 28, 2012 10:18 AM PDT

Thanks a lot Grif Thomas!!!

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