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Installation Failure of the Windows Debugging Tools

Posted by William Diaz on August 1, 2011


I have run into this a few times on various workstations: “Installation Failed. A problem occurred while installing selected Windows SDK components. Unknown product: {E7F9E526-2324-437B-A609-E8C5309465CB} Parameter name: productCode.”
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In all cases, I am logged on as a domain account with local admin rights but always run into an installation failure when trying to install the Windows Debugging Tools. This applies to both the web installer and iso. To workaround, I need to log on as the local administrator account. This is probably caused by the fact that we direct the %temp% environmental variable for domain accounts to a different path, GTTEMP, whereas the local admin account does not. Here is an excerpt of the Process Monitor logs for install as local admin vs. domain account with local admin rights:
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2 Responses to “Installation Failure of the Windows Debugging Tools”

  1. […] can be a fairly long installation, require installing other components, and may not work if the OS environmental variable TEMP path happens to be pointing to a location other than the […]

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