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Everytime I try to download certain software that uses MSI, I get this message. "Windows has the following information about this file type. This page will help you find software needed to open your

\015 Hello, Everytime I try to download certain software that uses MSI, I get this message. "Windows has the following information about this file type. This page will help you find software needed to open your file. File Type: Unknown Description: Windows does not recognize this file type. You may search the following Web site for related software and information: Windows Live Search I really need help. Sincerely, Princess Tina\015

Answers :

Hi Princess Tina,
\015\012
\015\012It sounds like the registry keys needed to recognise and open msi files are missing or incorrect.
\015\012Paste the following into a new file (eg. with notepad) and save the file with a .reg extension. setupmsi.reg will do ok. Then double click on the saved reg file and add the keys to your registry. (The first line "Windows Registry Editor Version 5.0" must be the first line in the file).
======
\015\012Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
\015\012[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Classes\\.msi]
@="Msi.Package"
\015\012[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Classes\\Msi.Package]
"EditFlags"=hex:00,00,10,00
"FriendlyTypeName"=hex(2):40,00,25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,\\
00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,00,5c,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,\\
32,00,5c,00,6d,00,73,00,69,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,2d,00,33,00,34,\\
00,00,00
@="Windows Installer Package"
\015\012[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Classes\\Msi.Package\\DefaultIcon]
@="C:\\\\WINDOWS\\\\System32\\\\msiexec.exe,0"
\015\012[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Classes\\Msi.Package\\shell]
@="Open,Repair,Uninstall"
\015\012[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Classes\\Msi.Package\\shell\\Open]
@="&Install"
"MUIVerb"=hex(2):40,00,25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,\\
6f,00,74,00,25,00,5c,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,\\
00,6d,00,73,00,69,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,2d,00,33,00,36,00,00,00
\015\012[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Classes\\Msi.Package\\shell\\Open\\command]
@=hex(2):22,00,25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,\\
00,25,00,5c,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,6d,00,\\
73,00,69,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,63,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,22,00,20,00,2f,\\
00,69,00,20,00,22,00,25,00,31,00,22,00,20,00,25,00,2a,00,00,00
\015\012[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Classes\\Msi.Package\\shell\\Repair]
@="Re&pair"
"MUIVerb"=hex(2):40,00,25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,\\
6f,00,74,00,25,00,5c,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,\\
00,6d,00,73,00,69,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,2d,00,33,00,37,00,00,00
\015\012[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Classes\\Msi.Package\\shell\\Repair\\command]
@=hex(2):22,00,25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,\\
00,25,00,5c,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,6d,00,\\
73,00,69,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,63,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,22,00,20,00,2f,\\
00,66,00,20,00,22,00,25,00,31,00,22,00,20,00,25,00,2a,00,00,00
\015\012[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Classes\\Msi.Package\\shell\\Uninstall]
@="&Uninstall"
"MUIVerb"=hex(2):40,00,25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,\\
6f,00,74,00,25,00,5c,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,\\
00,6d,00,73,00,69,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,2d,00,33,00,38,00,00,00
\015\012[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Classes\\Msi.Package\\shell\\Uninstall\\command]
@=hex(2):22,00,25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,\\
00,25,00,5c,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,6d,00,\\
73,00,69,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,63,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,22,00,20,00,2f,\\
00,78,00,20,00,22,00,25,00,31,00,22,00,20,00,25,00,2a,00,00,00
\015\012
\015\012
\015\012Good Luck and don't forget to leave a rating,
\015\012
\015\012
\015\012Thanks Mark
Hi there. If you do mean the .msi file extension, then there may be a couple of reasons why Windows doesn't recognise them.
\015\012
\015\0121) You don't have the appropriate program installed (i.e. you need Adobe Reader to view .pdf files)
\015\012
\015\0122) You may have registry errors
\015\012
\015\012
\015\012
\015\012The most common use of the .msi file extension is Windows Installer. Make sure you have the most current version, which is 4.5. You can download version 3.1 from here:
\015\012http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=889482fc-5f56-4a38-b838-de776fd4138c
\015\012
\015\012Once you have version 3.1, you can upgrade to 4.5 here:
\015\012http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=5a58b56f-60b6-4412-95b9-54d056d6f9f4
\015\012
\015\012You may need to install/update your .NET Framework. This will depend on the version that was used with the above programs. If you're not sure, download .NET Framework 3.5 from here:
\015\012http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=333325fd-ae52-4e35-b531-508d977d32a6
\015\012
\015\012And then you can update to .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 here:
\015\012http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=ab99342f-5d1a-413d-8319-81da479ab0d7
\015\012
\015\012To check and clean your registry, use Microsoft's OneCare Safety Scanner. It's free to use.
\015\012
\015\012http://onecare.live.com/site/en-gb/default.htm
\015\012
\015\012If you are using Vista, then click on the beta edition. This will run a full scan.
\015\012If you are using XP, then you can run a full scan, or if you just want to clean the registry, click on Clean Up.
\015\012
\015\012Hope that helps
\015\012
\015\012Tim
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