Recently I was installing a line of business system client and received the error “An installation support file could not be installed – catastrophic failure”. After a bit of troubleshooting, I found a simple solution.
- Go to the folder “C:\Program Files (x86)”
- Go to the view tab and select the tick box “Hidden Items“
- Rename the folder “InstallShield Installation Information” to “InstallShield Installation Information.old“
- Restart your installation and it should be successful.
I had this problem and your recommended solution worked perfectly. No more catastrophic failures. I was getting close to the point of doing a reset/re-install on Windows 10 but you saved me. Thank you so much for sharing this valuable tip.
Thats awesome! Glad I could help 🙂
AWESOME…….you saved the day.
I was installing an old Quickbooks 2005 accounting program onto my new desktop and kept getting the same error message. The steps you outlined were all I needed to get the install going.
Thanks so much for the comment! Glad I could help!
I am trying to uninstall Quickbooks 2007/08 as I have had a recent problem with the invoice side of this program (happened last Monday) and I want to reinstall again. But I am unable to uninstall after following your instructions. Any ideas? Angela
You should always start by uninstalling the program first, before trying steps like these; as they will break the uninstaller.
I would have a look at Solution 2 here. https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/en-us/help-article/product-delivery/clean-install-quickbooks-desktop/L6cDdojs7_US_en_US
Thanks very much. This is very helpful. Personally, I don’t know about this, and was about to re-install Windows 10.
No worries! Glad I could help.
I was trying to install some early 2000s Windows games and kept getting this catastrophic error for several of them. At first I chalked it up to Win10 having abysmal compatibility for older software, until I got the same error with a game I know I used just a few months ago on windows 10. Your fix worked like a charm. Would be interesting to know why install shield suddenly modified itself to stop working. Maybe just a sloppy windows update. Anyways, thanks a bunch.
I get this message when I try to UNinstall Morrowind Game of the Year Edition under Windows 10 Education, both when using the Bethesda Uninstall programme and Control Panel in Losedoze.
Sadly, your tip did not work.
The stupid thing is trying to INstall an INstallation support file when it should be UNINstalling the damned thing.
Any other ideas?
I could manually delete the directory, but then I might have to edit the registry to remove all traces.
Yes I think deleting its folder from program files and searching the registry for matching keys would be the next step. Just make a backup of the registry first.