With almost all packages I have created (Installshield AdminStudio 5.5), I get the nearly the same message/behavior when I run a program that was installed via .msi package that I created:

Windows Installer, preparing to install
Gathering required information
Please wait while Windows configures [package name]

It acts like it's copying files or something. I could understand if this occured the first time I attempted to run a program that was installed via package on a machine, but it happens all subsequent times as well. I was thinking that it looks like it's looking for files from the distribution point, in this case a network resource installed via Active Directory. (Which would be bad because what if the network resource was not available) But I unassigned the package, and even renamed the folder of the distribution point as a test, and the program still runs properly, but after the 5-10 second message as mentioned above. After the message, (and what looks like a file copy) the program runs just fine, no problems at all.

However, I think it's kind of sloppy and annoying for some applications to always show this. Has anyone heard of this? Is there something I need to be doing when creating a package to eliminate this? Is there something I can clean up in a package to eliminate this? Like I said, this usually happens on most packages I have created, so it must be my method? Thanks in advance for your help.
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That's a problem in your package, not Windows Installer.

The end result is that you package is attempting to self-repair on every launch. Check your Event Log and find out exactly what component triggered the self repair. My guess is that you have a Windows Protected File included in your package. Look for WPF errors in your Event Log, indicating the OS had a file overwritten and needed to correct it. If you included a Windows OS file in your package, this sort of thing can happen. Each tries to "fix" the other.
Answered 06/07/2005 by: VikingLoki
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