iTunes 10 Install Error "a network error occurred while attempting to read from the file: C: WINDOWS\Installer\Quicktime.msi" and "The installation of Quicktime did not complete successfully. iTunes requires Quicktime."

I ran into this error on a computer recently, and found a sure fire way to fix it. If your iTunes installation says “a network error occurred” and then quotes c:\windows\installer\(file).msi then there is a very easy way to fix this.

Download iTunesSetup.exe and place it on the desktop for ease of locating it.

Download and install 7zip from http://www.7zip.com.

Right click on iTunesSetup.exe and go to ‘7zip’ and then click on “Extract o iTunesSetup\”

Now you’ve got a folder with all the installation files.  They are:
AppleApplicationSupport.msi
AppleMobileDeviceSupport.msi
AppleSoftwareUpdate.msi
Bonjour.msi
iTunes.msi
QuickTime.msi
SetupAdmin.exe

Now, move all of those files into the c:\windows\installer\ window you opened at the beginning. Once moved, run the SetupAdmin.exe file. Install will proceed as normal.

PS- this fix is completely original. I did not copy this content from anywhere. I banged my head against the wall for 2.5 hours before it dawned on me what I should do.

How To Repair XP Automatic Update service when it has been deleted

After removing that XP Antivirus 2011 malware, I had two XP machines that did not have the Automatic Updates service even installed, and therefore it would not run. After some googling I found the Microsoft KB883614 that addresses both this problem, and that of the BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service) missing. I’ve copy/pasted it for simplicity.

The Automatic Updates service is missing

To reinstall the Automatic Updates service, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, click Run, type the following command, and then click OK:
    %windir%\System32\rundll32.exe setupapi,InstallHinfSection DefaultInstall 132 %windir%\inf\au.inf
  2. If you are prompted to insert your operating system CD, type the following path in the Copy files from box, and then click OK:
    %windir%\ServicePackFiles\i386

    Note This location contains the most recently updated service pack files. If you cannot use this path to copy the required files from, insert your operating system CD, and then click OK.

The Background Intelligent Transfer Service is missing

To reinstall the Background Intelligent Transfer Service, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, click Run, type the following command, and then click OK:
    %windir%\System32\rundll32.exe setupapi,InstallHinfSection DefaultInstall 132 %windir%\inf\qmgr.inf
  2. If you are prompted to insert your operating system CD, type the following path in the Copy files from box, and then click OK:
    %windir%\ServicePackFiles\i386

    Note This location contains the most recently updated service pack files. If you cannot use this path to copy the required files from, insert your operating system CD, and then click OK.

How to rewrite the Master Boot Record MBR in case of rootkit Windows XP Vista 7

Whether it be due to hard disk corruption, or more likely a boot kit or rootkit, you may need to rewrite the Master Boot Record.

Rewrite the MBR in XP:

Boot into XP Disk, repair mode, recovery console

Then type

fixmbr c:

and press enter

Vista and 7 (32 or 64 bit)

To run the Bootrec.exe tool, you must start Windows RE. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Put the Windows Vista or Windows 7 installation disc in the disc drive, and then start the computer.
  2. Press a key when you are prompted.
  3. Select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard or an input method, and then clickNext.
  4. Click Repair your computer.
  5. Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
  6. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.
  7. Type Bootrec.exe, and then press ENTER.

Bootrec.exe options

The Bootrec.exe tool supports the following options. Use the option that is appropriate for your situation.

Note If rebuilding the BCD does not resolve the startup issue, you can export and delete the BCD, and then run this option again. By doing this, you make sure that the BCD is completely rebuilt. To do this, type the following commands at the Windows RE command prompt:

  • bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup
  • c:
  • cd boot
  • attrib bcd -s -h -r
  • ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old
  • bootrec /RebuildBcd

/FixMbr

The /FixMbr option writes a Windows 7 or Windows Vista-compatible MBR to the system partition. This option does not overwrite the existing partition table. Use this option when you must resolve MBR corruption issues, or when you have to remove non-standard code from the MBR.

/FixBoot

The /FixBoot option writes a new boot sector to the system partition by using a boot sector that is compatible with Windows Vista or Windows 7. Use this option if one of the following conditions is true:

  • The boot sector has been replaced with a non-standard Windows Vista or Windows 7 boot sector.
  • The boot sector is damaged.
  • An earlier Windows operating system has been installed after Windows Vista or Windows 7 was installed. In this scenario, the computer starts by using Windows NT Loader (NTLDR) instead of Windows Boot Manager (Bootmgr.exe).

/ScanOs

The /ScanOs option scans all disks for installations that are compatible with Windows Vista or Windows 7. Additionally, this option displays the entries that are currently not in the BCD store. Use this option when there are Windows Vista or Windows 7 installations that the Boot Manager menu does not list.

/RebuildBcd

The /RebuildBcd option scans all disks for installations that are compatible with Windows Vista or Windows 7. Additionally, this option lets you select the installations that you want to add to the BCD store. Use this option when you must completely rebuild the BCD.

 
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