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I receive the error message at the beginning
of an installation: 'Could not initialize installation (CRC)'. What could be
The 'Could not initialize installation (CRC)' error message may occur due to
one of the following reasons:
1. The installation performs a byte for byte comparison to ensure that the file
is not corrupt. If the installation file is incomplete/truncated/corrupt, then
the CRC check will fail.
2. The Windows and/or Temp directories are not writable.
Resolution to the corresponding items above:
Item 1. Compare the file size of the deployed installation to the file
size of the original installation file. If the file size is different than the
original, the CRC will fail. Another reason the CRC will fail is if the
installation file has become corrupt. The CRC performs a byte for byte check of
the .EXE at runtime and compares it to the CRC value generated at compile time.
If the CRC value generated at runtime is different than then one generated at
compile time, the 'Could not initialize installation (CRC)' error will occur.
Any type of encryption performed on the .EXE after it is created will also cause
the CRC to fail.
The CRC calculates a "cyclical redundancy check" value for the
installation file. In effect, it performs a complex calculation on every byte in
the file, generating a unique number for the file in question. If so much as a
single byte in the file being checked were to change, the cyclical redundancy
check value for that file would also change. The installations will error if the
compile time CRC value does not match the runtime CRC value.
Re-deploy the installation .EXE and then execute the fresh copy of the
Item 2. Verify that the Windows and/or Temp directories exist on the
destination machine. Also, verify that the user has NTFS security permissions to
write to the Windows and/or Temp directories. If the user does not have access
to the Windows and/or Temp directories, then the 'Could not initialize
installation (CRC)' error message will be displayed.
Re-run the installation after modifying the security permissions for the user
with the Windows and/or Temp directories.