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I'm having a problem installing installing Visual Studio 2005.  When it pops up the first screen on the waizrd and popup appears saying "The Windows Installer package: d:\vs_setup.msi could not be open"  Any suggestions?

16 Answers Found


Answer 1

firstly have you read this:


this may/may not help you in resolving the problem.

Secondly, have you tried to install it from another DVD drive? What about a different computer? Same problem?

Thirdly, have you been able to create an image of this media, using something like nero burning ROM for example, then mounting this using a Virtual CD tool and running setup from the harddisk?


Answer 2

I had this same problem. I was able to repair the problem  by using the Windows Install Clean Up utility (http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/290301) to remove ONLY the visual  studio 2005 professional installer. I also renamed the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\VisualStudio\8.0 to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\VisualStudio\8.0RightOut. And renamed the "Program Files\Microsoft Visual studio  8" directory to "Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8_rightout". Then it re-installed perfectly.


Answer 3

Just a bit more information on the (possible) cause and fix for the previous problem.

(1) When Control Panel "add/remove software" is used  with visual  Studio Express or Visual studio  8.0 then the following message appears:

"... problem  has been encountered while loading the setup components visual studio"

(2) When setup.exe is run form the disk (or ISO disk) then the following message (eventually) appears:

     (drive letter):\vs_setup.msi could not be opened

Possible Cause:

Installing Visual Studio Express over Visual Studio 8


As described in previous post ie:

  (1) Rename the Visual Studio directories to something else (ie. add REMOVE to the folder name)

  (2) rename the following Register entry using REGEDIT (use with care!)

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\VisualStudio\8.0  (ie. change \8.0 to \8.0REMOVE)

  (3) Download the Windows Install Clean Up utility at: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/290301

       Use this software to 'clean up' anything with Visual Studio in the name.

  (4) Reinstall the Visual Studio software

Worked for me! And that was after 2 days of trying everything else from loading with Virtual disks to getting fresh copies of the software.


Answer 4

I've tried that but couldn't reinstall or uninstall VS 2005. Is there any other way?


Answer 5

I inherited a lap top and am now trying to remove visual  studio 2005 professional edition - enu.  I am getting the vs_setup.msi could not be opened.  I do not have the install disks and was wondering if there is such a file, where it is and how I might download it.


Answer 6

I was having the same issue when trying to load a trail version of Vision Studio 05.  This allowed me to get past the error message for the re-install but now it's saying I have a trail version already loaded and I need to uninstall it before I can reinstall it.  However, when I try to uninstall it I'm getting the same error message "vs_setup.msi could not be found."  So how do I uninstall the trail version so I can re-install it?


Answer 7

Thanks for the tip HallCrash.  I had the same vs_setup.msi problem, and your clear concise directions solved it for me.

Answer 8

I had this same error but for a differnet reason. Basically I'd downloaded the image file to my local PC and I needed to install it to a server through terminal services. So I renamed the .img to a .iso and mounted it. I made my local drive resources available through terminal services and just tried to install VS2005 on the remote server through the relevant drive mapping and it would start the install and stop after about a minute with the error mentioned in the subject.

However I found that if I shared the mounted drive with standard windows filesharing and access it over the network via this standard network share (instead through terminal services local resource mapping) it allowed me to install everything without error.


Answer 9

I have the same error.

I wanted to change the directory name from 8.0 to something else but I did not find any 8.0 in the visual  studio directory in the registry key. It has 3.5 7 9.0.
Can any one help me out.......

Answer 10

Any luck with your problem.  I have the same problem  as you.  I believe the 7.0 is Visual FoxPro product, not sure what the 9 entry is.
What a pain this is!!!

Answer 11

Same error when trying to install VS 2003 from a dvd being hosted as a local resource in remote desktop. Resolution access the files with a UNC path - installed no probs.

Answer 12

Thanks to HallCrash and Jamon for the great advice. My issues was "vs_setup.msi could not be opened" when trying to reinstall VS 2008 and I was completely stuck. I'm now up and running again!



Answer 13

Although I did not have the registry entries listed by hallcrash, there is a Microsoft Web Platform Installer 2.0 RC that (after disabling my AV) would allow me to correct the platform that allows the software to install.


Answer 14

Thank you Jamon! I've had a failed Windows update for VS that completely messed up my install. You described exactly the symptoms I got, and your solution fixed it.

Answer 15

There is an associated problem  reported at http://forums.asp.net/t/1526228.aspx

Answer 16

I had this issue with VS2008 (with SP1). The reported path was c:\program files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\vs_setup.msi.

I discovered that the original installation location was from a mapped drive that no longer existed. I re-established the mapped drive so the original install path was correct again, and it then worked.

I found the original install path by searching the registry for "vs_setup.msi", and came to a key called "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Products\01CA127634731F831B870CCEC6A91480\SourceList".

Sadly, when I tried to repair install VS, it had numerous failures.... might need an uninstall....




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