Vista - Failed to install ISKernel files

December 29, 2006

I've hit my first real snag with Vista - while trying to install Macromedia Contribute 3, I got this error: "1: Failed to install ISkernel files. Make sure you have appropriate privileges on this machine."

Apparently you can get that if you try to run a .msi directly, which I was. If you use a setup.exe bootstrapper, there's no problems, but I didn't have one.

The simple answer, I discovered, is to build yourself one. All you need to do is create an app, I did mine in VB (because I accidentally clicked that project type instead of C#, I hasten to point out) but you could use anything, that simply starts the .msi process. Then build your app, and right-click on your exe in Explorer and choose "Run this program as an administrator" on the Compatibility tab. Hey presto!


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