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Article ID: 279625 - Last Review: November 29, 2007 - Revision: 6.5

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SYMPTOMS

When you install one of the products listed in the "Applies to" section, you may receive one of the following error messages:
  • Setup.exe is Not a Valid Win32 Application.
  • Setup caused an exception in c0000006h in module filename.
  • <Program> caused an exception in c0000006h in module <filename>.
  • %1 is Not a Valid Win32 Application
  • Unknown has caused an exception in unknown.
  • Setup caused an invalid page fault in module unknown.
When you click Close, the computer may stop responding (hang).

When you install one of the products listed in the "Applies to" section, the computer may stop responding (hang).

CAUSE

This behavior may occur if one or more of the following conditions are true:
  • The installation CD-ROM may be dirty or damaged.
  • A program running in the background may interfere with the installation process.
  • Microsoft Access Data Components (MDAC) may not be installed correctly.
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer may be damaged not installed correctly.
These errors can also occur because of CD-ROM Read issues.

RESOLUTION

To resolve this issue, use the following methods in the order in which they are presented.

Examine and clean the CD-ROM

Clean the CD-ROM for the program. To do this, use a CD-ROM cleaning kit, or gently wipe the silver side of the CD-ROM with a soft, lint-free cotton cloth. Do not use paper cloth which can scratch the plastic and leave streaks. When you clean the CD-ROM, wipe from the center of the disc outward. Do not use a circular motion.

If the issue continues to occur, clean the CD-ROM with a damp cloth or a commercial CD cleaning solution. Dry the CD-ROM thoroughly before you insert it into the CD drive.

If the issue continues to occur, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge base:
218617  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/218617/ ) How to troubleshoot common problems that occur when a Windows 98-based or Windows Millennium Edition-based computer cannot read a CD or a DVD
If the issue continues to occur, examine the CD-ROM for any scratches or other damage. If the CD-ROM is scratched or damaged, contact the retailer from whom you purchased the program to arrange an exchange, or call 1-800-360-7561 to request a replacement CD-ROM.

If the issue continues to occur, go to the next method.

Test the disc in a different drive

If your computer has multiple CD-ROM, CD-R, CD/RW or DVD drives, test the disc in the other drive. For DVDs, make sure that the drive bears a DVD logo on the front. If the disc functions in another drive, the original drive may not be correctly reading the disc. For help, contact your computer or disc drive manufacturer.

If the disc is clean and does not work in another drive, the disc is likely damaged and has to be replaced.

Clean the drive

You can clean the disc drive by using a CD-ROM or DVD drive cleaning disc. These are available in most computer or home electronics stores. Before you purchase a drive cleaning disc, try troubleshooting the issue by using the remaining steps in this article.

Test disc read with Copy or Xcopy

Copy and Xcopy are command-line utilities that typically discover a disc read issue. If Copy and Xcopy complete successfully, the issue is unlikely to be a problem reading the disc. A failure to copy can indicate drive or system problems and show the need for additional troubleshooting.

To test disc read by using Copy and Xcopy, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type cmd in the Open dialog box, and then press ENTER.
  2. At the prompt, type one of the following commands:

    To copy a folder, type:
    copy discdrive:\foldernamedrive:\psstest /V
    To copy the whole disk, type:
    xcopy discdrive:\*.* drive:\psstest /V /E
    Note In this example, discdrive is the drive letter of the CD-ROM or DVD drive, foldername is the name of the folder that contains files that you must have to access on the disk, and drive is the letter of the system hard disk.
  3. Press ENTER.
  4. If you are prompted "Does psstest specify a file name or directory name?", press F.
  5. If you are prompted Overwrite (Yes/No/All)?, press A.

    Note When you use /V with Copy or Xcopy, the copied files are verified. This process takes much longer but makes sure that the files were copied correctly.

Clean boot the computer

Programs that run in the background can interfere with the installation process. To make sure that no nonessential programs are running, clean boot the computer before you install one of the programs listed in the "Applies to" section. To do this, use the appropriate method for your version of Microsoft Windows.

Windows XP

  1. Click Start, click Run, type msconfig, in the Open box, and then click OK.
  2. Click the General tab, click Selective Startup, and then click to clear the following check boxes:
    • Process System.ini file
    • Process Win.ini file
    • Load Startup Items
  3. Click the Services tab, click to select the Hide All Microsoft Services check box, and then click Disable All.
  4. Click OK, and then click Restart to restart the computer.
After you have performed a clean boot of Windows XP, follow these steps to close all programs that remain open:
  1. Close all open programs.
  2. Right-click each icon in the notification area, and then click Exit.

    Note The notification area is located at the far right of the taskbar, near the clock. Some programs listed in the notification area will not have Exit listed. You may have to click Quit, Close, or Disable depending on the choices that are available for that program.
  3. In the Windows Security Menu, press CTRL+ALT+DEL, and then click Task Manager.
  4. In Windows Task Manager, click Applications.
  5. No applications appear under the Task list. If any applications appear, click to select the application, and then click End Task.
  6. Repeat step 5 until the Task list is empty.
  7. Close Windows Task Manager.

    Note To restore the computer to use a normal startup, on the General tab in the System Configuration Utility, click Normal Startup - load all device drivers and services, click OK, and then click Restart to restart the computer.
For more information, click the following article number about how to perform a clean boot in Windows XP to view the article about how to perform a clean boot in Windows XP in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
310353  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310353/ ) How to configure Windows XP to start in a "clean boot" state

Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition

  1. Click Start, click Run, type msconfig in the Open box, and then click OK.
  2. On the General tab, click Selective startup.
  3. Click to clear all the check boxes under Selective startup.
  4. On the Startup tab, click to select the *StateMgr check box.
  5. Click OK.
  6. When you are prompted to restart the computer, click Yes.
  7. After the computer restarts, click Start, click Run, type msconfig in the Open box, and then click OK.

    IMPORTANT Look closely at the General tab to make sure that the check boxes that you cleared are still cleared. Continue to step 6 if no check boxes are selected. If you see a disabled or gray check box, the computer is not truly "clean-booted." You may need assistance from the manufacturer of the program that puts a check mark back into Msconfig.
  8. After you verify that the computer is clean-booted in step 5, you can isolate the issue. If the original issue does not reoccur after the clean boot, select one item at a time under Selective startup, and then restart the computer to see whether the additional entry reproduces the original issue.

Microsoft Windows 98

  1. Click Start, click Run, type msconfig in the Open box, and then click OK.
  2. On the General tab, click Selective Startup, and then click to clear the following check boxes:
    • Process Config.sys file
    • Process Autoexec.bat file
    • Process Winstart.bat file (if available)
    • Load startup group items
  3. Click the Win.ini tab.
  4. Expand [windows].
  5. Under [windows], click to clear the following check boxes:
    • Load=
    • Run=
  6. Click OK.

    When you are prompted to restart the computer, do so.
For more information about how to clean boot Windows 98, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
192926  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/192926/ ) How to perform clean-boot troubleshooting for Windows 98
Note To restore your original Startup options, click Normal Startup on the General tab in the System Configuration Utility.

If the issue continues to occur, continue to the "Repair Microsoft Internet Explorer" method.

Microsoft Windows 95

  1. Restart the computer. When you receive the "Starting Windows 95" message, press the F8 key, and then select Command Prompt Only from the Startup menu.
  2. At the command prompt, type win, and then press ENTER.

    Press and hold down the SHIFT key until the Windows startup sequence is completed.
  3. Disable any antivirus or disk tool programs installed on the computer.

    For information about how to disable these programs, see the printed or online documentation for the program.
  4. Press CTRL+ALT+DELETE.
  5. In the Close Program dialog box, click any program except Explorer or Systray (which are components of Microsoft Windows), and then click End Task.

    If you receive a message that states that the program is busy or not responding, click End Task again.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 to close all programs except Explorer and Systray.
Note To restore your original Startup options, restart the computer as usual, and then enable any antivirus or disk tool programs that are installed on the computer.

For information about how to enable these programs, see the printed or online documentation for the program.

If the issue continues to occur, go to the next method.

Install DCOM for Windows 95 (Windows 95 only)

If you want to install one of the programs listed in the "Applies to" section on a Windows 95-based computer, install the latest version of DCOM for Windows 95 (Dcom95.exe) from the Works CD-ROM or the Works Suite Disc 4 CD-ROM.

If you want to install one of the programs listed in the "Applies to" section on a Windows NT 4.0-based, Windows 98-based, Windows Millennium Edition-based, or Windows 2000-based computer, continue to the "Install MDAC in safe mode" section.

To install the latest version of DCOM for Windows 95 (Dcom95.exe) from the Works CD-ROM or the Works Suite Disc 4 CD-ROM:
  1. Insert the Works CD-ROM or the Works Suite Disc 4 CD-ROM into the CD drive. Press and hold down the SHIFT key as you insert the CD-ROM to prevent Works Setup from starting automatically.
  2. Click Start, click Run, type the appropriate line for your version of Works in the Open box, and then click OK.

    Works:
    cd-rom:\redist\ie5\dcom95.exe
    Works Suite:
    cd-rom:\mhp\redist\ie5\dcom95.exe
    In these examples, cd-rom is the drive letter of the CD drive.
  3. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to install the DCOM95 for Windows 95 update.

Install MDAC in safe mode

To install MDAC in safe mode, use the appropriate method for your version of Microsoft Windows.

Windows NT 4.0

If you want to install one of the programs listed in the "Applies to" section on a Windows NT 4.0 computer, download and install the latest version of the MDAC update. To do this, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/data/aa937729.aspx (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/data/aa937729.aspx)
For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/119591/ ) How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services
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Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition, or Windows 2000

To install MDAC in safe mode, follow these steps:
  1. Insert the Works CD-ROM or the Works Suite Disc 1 CD-ROM into the CDdrive. Press and hold down the SHIFT key as you insert the CD-ROM to prevent Works Setup from starting automatically.
  2. Click Start, point to Find, and then click Files or Folders.
  3. In the Named box, type mdac_typ.exe.
  4. In the Look in box, click the CD drive, and then click Find Now.
  5. In the list of found files, right-click the Mdac_typ.exe file, and then click Copy.
  6. Right-click an empty area of the Windows desktop, and then click Paste.
  7. Close the Find: Files named mdac_typ.exe window.
  8. Restart the computer in safe mode. To do this, use the appropriate method for your version of Microsoft Windows.

    Microsoft Windows 98:

    Restart the computer, press and hold down the CTRL key after the Power On Self Test (POST) is complete, and then select Safe Mode on the Startup menu.

    Microsoft Windows 95:

    Restart the computer. When you see the "Starting Windows 95" message, press the F8 key, and then select Safe Mode from the Startup menu.
  9. When Windows starts in safe mode, click OK.
  10. On the Windows desktop, double-click the Mdac_typ.exe file, and then follow the instructions that appear on the screen to install the MDAC update.
  11. Restart the computer as usual.
Note If you cannot install MDAC in safe mode, download and install the latest version of the MDAC update from the Microsoft Web site. To do this, refer to the "Windows NT 4.0" method.

Repair Microsoft Internet Explorer

  1. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Double-click Microsoft Internet Explorer version.
  4. Click Repair the current installation of Internet Explorer, and then click OK.
Note Internet Explorer 6 was included with Windows XP. To add or remove Internet Explorer 6, click Start, click Control Panel, click Add/Remove, and then select Add/Remove windows components. If you are using the version of Internet Explorer that is included with your operating system, reinstall or repair your operating system.

For more information, click the following article number about how to reinstall or repair Internet Explorer and Outlook Express in Windows XP to view the article about how to reinstall or repair Internet Explorer and Outlook Express in Windows XP in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
318378  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/318378/ ) How to reinstall or repair Internet Explorer in Windows XP
For more information, click the following article number about how to perform an in-place upgrade (reinstallation) of Windows XP to view the article about how to perform an in-place upgrade (reinstallation) of Windows XP in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
315341  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315341/ ) How to perform an in-place upgrade (reinstallation) of Windows XP


If the issue continues to occur, go to the next method.

Uninstall and reinstall Internet Explorer

If you are cannot repair your installation of Internet Explorer, uninstall Internet Explorer and then reinstall it. To do this, use the following methods in the order in which they are presented.

Uninstall Internet Explorer

Note You must have administrative rights to install and uninstall Internet Explorer in Windows NT and Windows 2000. This includes having administrative rights the first time that you start the computer after you install or uninstall Internet Explorer 5.5.

To uninstall Internet Explorer, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Add/Remove Programs.
  3. On the Install/Uninstall tab, click Microsoft Internet Explorer and Internet Tools in the list of installed programs, and then click Add/Remove.

    Note If Microsoft Internet Explorer and Internet Tools is missing from the list of installed programs, run Setup.exe from your Internet Explorer\Setup folder. If you are running Windows 2000, run the w2kexcp.exe /u command from your "Internet Explorer\IE Uninstall" folder.
  4. Click Restore the previous Windows configuration, and then click OK.
  5. In the Internet Explorer and Internet Tools Setup dialog box, click OK to restore the earlier version of Internet Explorer.
  6. When you are prompted to verify that you want to restore the earlier version, click Yes.
  7. When you are prompted to restart the computer, do so.
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
243266  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/243266/ ) OLEXP: Uninstalling Internet Explorer 5.01 removes Outlook Express

Reinstall Internet Explorer 5.5

  1. Insert the Works CD-ROM or the Works Suite Disc 1 CD-ROM into the CD drive. Press and hold down the SHIFT key as you insert the CD-ROM to prevent the CD-ROM from starting automatically.
  2. Click Start, click Run, type the appropriate line for your version of Works in the Open box, and then click OK.

    Works:
    cd-rom:\redist\ie\ie5setup.exe
    Works Suite:
    cd-rom:\msword\ie5\en\ie5setup.exe
    In these examples, cd-rom is the drive letter of the CD drive.
  3. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to install Internet Explorer.
If the issue continues to occur, go to the next method.

Install Works or Works Suite

Install Works or Works Suite.

If the issue continues to occur, clean boot the computer, and then install Works or Works Suite. For information about how to clean boot the computer, see the "Install MDAC in safe mode" section.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
270592  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/270592/ ) Setup is unable to register tasks or cannot find the Work Services file
247532  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/247532/ ) Works error message: Installer terminated prematurely
248263  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/248263/ ) "Error reading from file" error message when you install <product> on Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows Millennium Edition (Me)
218617  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/218617/ ) How to troubleshoot common problems that occur when a Windows 98-based or Windows Millennium Edition-based computer cannot read a CD or a DVD
242323  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/242323/ ) Picture It!: You receive an "Internal error" error message when you run the Setup program

APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Works Suite 2005
  • Microsoft Works Suite 2004
  • Microsoft Works Suite 2003
  • Microsoft Works Suite 2002
  • Microsoft Works Suite 2001
  • Microsoft Works 8.0
  • Microsoft Works 7.0
  • Microsoft Works 6.0
  • Microsoft Works Suite 2006
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