Wednesday, October 05, 2011

SharePoint designer: The installation of this package failed

Today I was working at a client and he asked me to install SharePoint designer. Sure! I said; thinking this was just an easy task to do.. I was wrong!
I couldn't install his package, I got "The installation of this package failed" as soon as I started the install. After some googling, 80% suggested to re-download the package, so I used my own (proofed working) install file, same thing.

Tried the 64 / 32 bit, all gave the same error.

The solution:
I used my laptop (own system) to extract the install package:
(In DOS prompt:) SharePointDesigner_32.exe /extract:c:\_tmp\spd32\

The files got successfully extracted, putted them on a USB stick, and ran the setup.exe on the client's pc. SharePoint Designer got installed successfully !

There is probably something wrong with the client's Microsoft Installer installation ..