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Windows Installer Logging (All Windows)

Windows Installer can use logging to help assist in troubleshooting issues with installing software packages. You can enable verbose logging with this setting.

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Open your registry and find or create the key below.

Create a new string value called "Logging" and set it to a combination of the letters below to enable the logging options. A value of "voicewarmup" will enable all the logging options.

LetterOption
vVerbose output
oOut-of-disk-space messages
iStatus messages
cInitial UI parameters
eAll error messages
wNon-fatal warnings
aStart up of actions
rAction-specific records
mOut-of-memory or fatal exit information
uUser requests
pTerminal properties
+Append to existing file
!Flush each line to the log

The next time Windows Installer is used a log will be created.

Note: Windows Installer will store the logs in the TEMP directory. The filename is random, but begins with the letters "Msi" and end with a .log extension.

Registry Editor Example
|NameTypeData|
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|LoggingREG_SZvoicewarmup|
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|HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Insta...|
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Registry Settings
System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Installer]
Value Name: Logging
Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value)

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Last modified: September 24, 2003