What Is Error Code 1603?
This is a general error code that appears with a Microsoft Windows Installer alerting you to a possible problem during program or software installation. The code means that one of several things has gone wrong during the installation process:
- The Microsoft Windows installer itself is not installed correctly
- A file is locked
- permissions will not allow installation
- Failed uninstall of a corrupted file
- Your Windows Temp folders are full
- There is a short file name
- A current version of the software is not being used
These are some of the most common reasons for seeing error code 1603.
How Do you Fix Error Code 1603?
To fix a 1603 error, follow the steps set out below:
- Under the Security tab on your home screen click on Add
- Under System what appears under Name click Add and then OK
- Under permissions click Allow > Full Control > Advanced
- Check the box that replaces all previous permissions
- If you are on Windows XP you may just be asked to click OK
- Click Yes when a box appears asking you to do so
- Double-click the installer package that had the error
- Your error should now be resolved
If the error was caused by a permissions issue, taking the above steps should solve it. If this doesn’t fix the error, try closing all Programs or restarting your system as the error can also be caused by a required file being in use by another Program.
How To Avoid This Problem
There are ways to help prevent error code 1603 from appearing. First, empty all your temporary files and make sure that the target machine does not have a short extension name; which can corrupt the installation. During an installation make sure that there are no other programs running on your computer and use the Microsoft Windows Installer Clean-Up tool if you think there could be a problem with your installer.
Error codes appear for various different reasons but to help reduce the amount of times you experience these errors, you should install software according to instructions and try to keep your computer virus-free by using a recommended antivirus tool.
It is also recommended to run Windows Update regularly, this will install updates and patches that can prevent you getting many of these types of errors.
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