Deploying Windows Live Messenger 2009 through Group Policy

Hello everyone,

I am a 16 year old lad who is currently studying at college. I have a server, and 3 clients in my home. Server is running Windows Server 2003, and the clients are Windows XP Professional.

My issue is, I have the Windows Installer package for Windows Live Messenger 2009 - but it won't have trying to be distributed using a GPO with software installation set up. In the event logs, its showing:

Failed to apply changes to software installation settings. Software changes could not be applied. A previous log entry with details should exist. The error was : Fatal error during installation.

With it being an error, and with the event ID being 108.
Another log is also created stating:

The Group Policy client-side extension Software Installation failed to execute. Please look for any errors reported earlier by that extension.

With that also being an error and with the event ID 1085.

Windows Live Messenger is used alot on my network, not only by me but others aswell. Windows Live Messenger 8.5 (the Windows Installer Package) I had no problem distributing.

I've also tryed using a startup script to install the application:

Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set objShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
If objFSO.FileExists("C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exe") = False Then
objShell.Run "msiexec /package \\SERVERNAME\Packages$\Windows-Live-Messenger\Windows-Live-Messenger.msi /quiet", 0, True
End If

Which also doesn't work.
I'd like to upgrade the version of Messenger to the 2009 version, but i'd like 10 times more to be able to distribute it across the network using Group Policy.
I am also having trouble distributing Windows Internet Explorer 8, but thats another story.

Any suggestions welcome,

Thanks for reading,


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Posted by: anonymous_9363 11 years ago
Red Belt
Ryan, Enable MSI logging. The resulting log will tell you why the install failed. At a guess, I'd say that there's a missing dependency. Do I recall that 2009 requires .Net F/W 3.5?
Posted by: RY4N_H0850N 11 years ago
Yellow Belt
Hi, thanks for the reply.

How do I enable MSI logging? I did learn how to do it whilst I done software management last year, but forgotten :S sorry.
Also, I forgot to mention that the Windows Installer package installs fine manually, whilst logged on etc.

Just when I add it to the software installation GPO that I have, it gives that error in the event log.

I've also tried setting the share permissions with the SYSTEM account as full control and of course the group of computers that the GPO is applied to.

Any suggestions?


Posted by: anonymous_9363 11 years ago
Red Belt
Ryan, see my signature? Try the search term

"Windows Installer" +enable +logging

or you could do worse than search here on AppDeploy.
Posted by: RY4N_H0850N 11 years ago
Yellow Belt
I found out that it was the original package from the installer that I used - it doesn't let the system account run it :S

Microsoft such retards,

I seen ya signature, I just wanted you to waste your time sending back that message that you did.

Thanks !! :D
Posted by: milcius 11 years ago
Yellow Belt
Hey Ryan,

Were you able to install WLM 2009 using GPO? What permissions did you use on messenger.msi ?

I am having the same issue you had...

Posted by: RY4N_H0850N 11 years ago
Yellow Belt
Hello there,

No didn't solve it. All it's dependencies I did manage to get deployed (e.g. Microsoft Visual Studio Runtime) etc.

But in the end I make a VB Script to check for the installation, and if it does not exist then install from so&so directory.

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