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> Exile Install Problems, can't re-install
UruBoo
post Dec 8 2005, 07:11 PM
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One other thing: I've been using a program called "Registry Mechanic". Since I started to use, it was a really hand to clean the mess some programs do when they install and uninstall themselves. It cost 30 buks, but worth the price...


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post Dec 19 2005, 12:27 AM
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post Dec 20 2005, 10:49 AM
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Geez deleting the hard drive ... thats pretty radical..
Would a registry fixer do the same thing?

I'm really arraid my computer would never be the same. I've got alot of stuff on it.


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post Dec 20 2005, 11:49 AM
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Just out of curiosity, do you install alot of programs and then uninstall them later? If Windows doesnt uninstall everything that would leave alot of loose ends and could cause many of those bugs that you spoke of.

If you are that against doing a clean Windows install, you could try using a registry fixing program. I would suggest one that finds the errors and will give you the option to manually fix them. Then as you go through the bugs, it should be safe to delete anything that you know for sure that you had uninstalled and is no longer on your sysytem. The problem with alot of these is that if you let them fix the errors automatically, they look for the best possible solutions. That means if you had, say 2 games installed by the same company but uninstalled one and it left a registry entry there for it (and possibly even a folder or 2 in windows files), its possible that the program could link that registry entry (and any windows folders) to the other game. If something like that happens enough, or if it links something that shouldnt be to a critical program, it could start causing you alot of problems.


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post Mar 4 2006, 06:18 PM
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I downloaded a free program called Regseeker.

I scanned and I was absolutely shocked. There were about 1,200 problems found!

Then I ran a registry search for anything with the name "exile". There were only a few entrys pertaining to Myst : exile, but I deleted them.

Then I finally tried to reinstall Exile. Then "Install" button was finally available. I clicked on it, then the program ran the uninstaller and said " Exile has been uninstalled sucessfully". But it was never installed in the first place! Aaaaarg! Then when I run the disk again, instead of having an install option, it has a "play" button!

If I click on it, it says " cannot find M3.exe". Well of course you can't, dumb thing, you won't let me put it on there! I am nearly crazy over this thing, I don't know what the heck is wrong!


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post Mar 4 2006, 10:25 PM
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hi, Joseph,
You have probably tried this; have you opened the drive and browsed the cd/dvd for exile..have you installed the direct x and quicktime files on that cd/dvd then run the setup.exe manually?


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post Mar 5 2006, 02:16 PM
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I never tried installing the direct x or the quicktime on the disc because my computer already has much later versions already.
Yeah , I've tried running the setup.exe from disc, same thing happens as before.


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post Mar 8 2006, 07:33 AM
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Now, I' tried to go through the registry manually, searching for and deleting anything with the keyword "exile".

Same thing as before happens. What have I not deleted? What is causing this problem?


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post Mar 8 2006, 09:51 AM
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I be curious . . .
since I had a heavy kinkage in the past . . .
as a result of having TWO ubisoft folders.

One was Ubisoft . . .
One was UBISOFT . . .
One was OK . . .
One had a straggler file that had to be manually uninstalled . . .
though there was no overt, easily spotted information to that effect in the game's documentation.

Once I had that little straggler file manually removed from the folder which had contained a hamstrung version of the game . . .
I then re-installed . . .
and the fresh installation went smoothly.

Another note:
My dvd drive, although it had no problems running most CDs and DVDs . . .
would occasionally spit up on certain DUAL-LAYERED DVDs.

Myst IV was a dual-layered DVD . . .
and some of the bizarre effects the initial attempt to install that game . . .
could very easily have been attributable to a sudden kick-up of that little intermittent dual-layer reading hiccup.

One or both of those two things might possibly be at the bottom . . .
of your computer's apparent insanity . . .

as could a worm or trojan's payload.

Just another thought.


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post Mar 8 2006, 08:38 PM
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In the Windows folder itself, Windows does keep track of installed programs there as well. You may want to run a search for exile within the windows folder too and see if anything turns up there. Also on your main drive in the Program Files folder, there is one called Installshield Installation Information. Its possible that it never got deleted from there when you uninstalled it so it therefore thinks that it is still installed. (this is assuming you are running XP BTW)


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post Mar 9 2006, 06:00 AM
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BTW, the Installshield Installation Information folder is an invisible folder. You have to turn all files/sub-folders in your Program Files folder to visible mode to have access to it.


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post Mar 12 2006, 02:51 PM
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ok, I found the invisible installation folder, but I don't see any evidence of a Myst III Exile install...


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post Mar 12 2006, 03:47 PM
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You may have to go through each folder and open the setup.ini file in notepad to see what each installation in there is. Here is a sample of what you will see so you can tell what is what.



Once you do find the correct folder (if its there anyway), then you could delete the entire folder and its contents and then the game should reinstall for you.

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post Mar 15 2006, 07:15 PM
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Hmmmm, could't find it. There were a few folders that were empty or didn't contain a setup file...


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