Windows 10 uses the built-in Windows Installer to install, maintain, and remove software on your PC. If the installer is faulty, you will encounter various problems when you try to install or remove software programs. This will display the InstallShield error code 1722. The error can also appear due to other various system problems.
Read on to find out all of the possible causes and fixes for the InstallShield 1722 error.
What causes error 1722 (Windows Installer Package Error)?
Some possible causes for this error are as follows:
The Windows Installer is deactivated in the system settings.
Some system files are missing or damaged on your PC.
Invalid or damaged registry entries conflict with the Windows Installer.
Some software programs are damaged.
1. Quick fixes
Before moving on to the detailed solutions, here are some quick solutions for you to try.
Immediately restart your PC if the error occurs.
Update your apps. Aside from adding new features, updating apps helps fix or remove system errors.
Run Windows Troubleshooter. Navigate to Windows Start Menu> PC Settings> Update & Security> Troubleshooting. Do both Program Compatibility Fix and the Windows Store Apps Troubleshooting.
Clean your PC. A simple disk cleanup helps free up space and allows apps to run efficiently. This can help troubleshoot problems with the Windows Installer and other programs.
2. Activate the Windows Installer
If the Windows installer is disabled, you will have difficulty installing or removing software programs. To activate the installer, you need to do the following.
Press the Windows key + R. to open the Run Command dialog box.
Art services.msc and click on Enter.
On the next screen, scroll down and double-click Windows Installer Possibility.
Set the on the next screen Windows Installer startup type to Manual. Hit that begin Button to activate the service. Choose Apply and then OK to save these changes.
3. Run the troubleshooter to install and uninstall Microsoft programs
If you suspect that the problem is caused by corrupted registry keys, Microsoft's program installation and installation troubleshooter can help.
If you want to repair damaged registry keys, you shouldn't use a registry cleaner. Running these programs can damage your PC. If you delete, move, or damage registry keys, critical system functions can fail. This can cause problems installing, running, or removing apps.
In addition to scanning and fixing corrupted registry keys, the program installation and installation troubleshooter helps fix other system files as well.
First, download the program install and install troubleshooter.
Run the troubleshooter by double-clicking it.
click Next to start the troubleshooting process.
From the options that appear, click either To install or Uninstallation Possibility.
In the next window, select the program you are having problems with, and then click Next. If you cannot find the program in the list, select the Not listed Option and look for the program. From here, follow the onscreen options to complete the troubleshooting process.
4. Unregister and re-register the Windows installer
Press the Windows key + R. to open the Run Command dialog box.
Art CMD and then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open an elevated command prompt.
Enter the following command and click to temporarily unregister the Windows installer Enter::
msiexec / unreg
When this process is complete, you can now register the Windows installer again. To do this, enter the following command and click Enter::
msiexec / regserver
Restart your PC to save these changes.
Since this error can appear due to corrupted system files, you can use the SFC and DISM tools to fix it. SFC will scan your PC for missing or damaged system files, while DISM will scan the system image that was used to make these fixes. In this case, you should run DISM first to confirm that SFC is working properly.
Press the button to get started Windows key + R. and type CMD.
Press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open an elevated command prompt.
Enter the following command and press Enter::
DISM / Online / Cleanup-Image / ScanHealth
When the scan is complete, enter the following command and press Enter::
DISM / Online / Cleanup-Image / RestoreHealth
Wait for the scan to finish, then restart your PC.
Open the command prompt following the previous steps. Enter the following command and click Enter::
sfc / scannow
Wait for the scan to finish. From here, close Command Prompt and restart your PC.
6. Install programs in Safe Mode
You can fix this problem by installing software programs in safe mode. This will help you determine if the problem is caused by installed software or damaged hardware components on your PC.
If the error doesn't recur once you boot into Safe Mode, then it's safe to say that a driver or software program is causing the problem.
First, navigate to Windows start menu> PC settings> Update and security.
Choose Restoration Possibility.
Under the Advanced start-up Click the option Restart now Button.
This will restart your PC in the recovery environment.
Select on the screen that appears Expanded options > Startup settings and then press the Start anew Button. Then click on F4 Button to allow your PC to boot Safety mode.
7. Perform a clean restart and use a third-party uninstaller
You can do a clean restart to isolate other programs that may be causing this error. This process will simply start your PC with all third party applications disabled. In addition, your PC will start with the minimum required drivers and programs. This helps avoid conflicts that occur when installing or uninstalling software programs.
Once you identify the problematic software program, you can use a third-party uninstaller to remove it. This will ensure that no remaining files are left behind to cause further problems on your PC.
If all else fails, consider updating Windows. This should help resolve this issue and other critical system problems.
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Windows Installer Package Error 1722 can be quite irritating, but you should now be able to fix it easily. This or any similar error message shouldn't prevent you from installing or removing your apps with ease.
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