Programs won’t install – Another installation is already in progress

Sometimes, when you try to install a program in Windows, you may receive the following error message and you will be unable to proceed with the installation.

Another installation is already in progress. Complete that installation before proceeding with this install

If you receive this message, the probable cause could be that another installation, repair or uninstallation process would actually be running. If this is the case, wait for it to complete and try again. If no such process is running, here are a few steps you may want to try:

1] Scan your PC with you anti-virus and anti-spyware.

2] Run Disk Cleanup utility or CCleaner to clean up temp files.

3] If you still get the same error message, my MVP colleague Vijay suggests that you do the following:

wininstserv 400x207 Programs wont install   Another installation is already in progress

Type services.msc in start menu and hit enter to open Services.

Scroll down to the Windows Installer service and double click on it.

Stop the service and then restart it.

Now try to install the program. Should help.

Additional Resource: KB822454.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com. Please create a System Restore Point before trying out any software & be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware. Add me on Google+.
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