Sunday, October 20, 2013

How To Update Windows Installer On your Computer

As you use your Windows computer, you will be installing many programs and applications on it. Different applications serve different purposes. By default, there will be some programs already installed in your Windows computer when you purchase it. There are many third party applications that you might want to install on your computer. That is the reason why Microsoft has included Windows Installer to help you with the task.
However, if your Windows Installer is outdated or corrupted, the applications won’t get installed properly, causing vulnerabilities and performance issues. If you are facing problems with installing software and other applications, it is high time you get a new version of Windows Installer. The following Windows Help guidelines will help you update the Windows Installer in your computer.

  • Open the web browser on your computer and go to Microsoft’s official website. Type Microsoft Windows Installer into the Search field and hit the Enter key. Typing in the search bar is a shortcut, but doesn't guarantee that you are downloading an authentic version of the program you need.
  • When you get this page, locate the option Downloads and Trials. Move your mouse over it and you will get a drop down menu. From the menu, click on Download Center. 
  • From the list titled Product Families, click the option Windows.
  • When you get the Windows page, click on the dropdown box labeled Show downloads for. Here you can find the link Microsoft Windows Installer. Click on it and then click Go. 
  • From the Microsoft Windows Installer page, locate the option Release Date and click to view the most recent version of Windows Installer. Let’s consider the latest version to be “Microsoft Windows Installer 3.1 Redistributable”.
  • On the download page, click on the hypertext phrase "Download files below." The page will automatically scroll to a spot where you will see three downloads: Redist.txt (you may copy and paste this text to a text file in the folder where you install Windows Installer); Windows Installer 3.1 EULA.doc; and WindowsInstaller-KB893803-v2-x86.exe. Click on each download and save them to your computer.
  • Once you have downloaded the files, wait for the Install Wizard to take over and automatically update Microsoft Windows Installer or repair the version that you already have.
You have now successfully updated the Windows Installer on your computer. If you need any further help on this, you can contact the Windows Help and Support Center and avail advanced assistance.

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