[wix-users] uninstall fails after removing installer EXE at its original path

Sean Hall r.sean.hall at gmail.com
Wed Feb 2 09:48:44 PST 2022

For some reason, your bundle requires something in WixAttachedContainer
during uninstall. The full log would explain why.

On Wed, Feb 2, 2022 at 9:35 AM Gubanov, Oleg (INT) via wix-users <
wix-users at lists.wixtoolset.org> wrote:

> Hello,
> I have a managed bootstrapper application A.exe that has an MsiPackage
> embedded into it. I'd like to handle the following scenario:
> 1.         Install a product by running A.exe from its original location
> d:\setup\A.exe.
> 2.         Delete file d:\setup\A.exe.
> 3.         Uninstall the product via "add/remove programs".
> The first two steps complete successfully. The problem happens at step
> (3), during the uninstallation.
> At step (3), the installer is started from the package cache location
> C:\ProgramData\Package Cache\{some guid}\A.exe, as indicated by the first
> line in the log file:
> i001: Burn v3.11.2.4516, Windows v10.0 (Build 19042: Service Pack 0),
> path: C:\ProgramData\Package Cache\{some guid}\A.exe
> The problem is that the installer starts looking for itself at its
> original location, fails to find itself there, and aborts the
> uninstallation:
> i300: Apply begin
> ...
> w341: Prompt for source of container: WixAttachedContainer, path:
> d:\setup\A.exe
> e054: Failed to resolve source for file: d:\setup\A.exe, error: 0x80070002.
> e311: Failed to acquire container: WixAttachedContainer to working path:
> C:\WINDOWS\Temp\{38073DCD-E73A-4C38-A977-AA72E7DCF756}\79E32844E8819A5B8527590929F3AFC7525C327C,
> error: 0x80070002.
> e000: Error 0x80070002: Failed while caching, aborting execution.
> The problem can be avoided by restoring A.exe in its original location:
> then, the uninstallation completes successfully.
> But keeping d:\setup\A.exe is an extra burden on a user, and that wastes
> disk space, considering that A.exe is copied to the package cache.
> It should be possible to uninstall the product without having A.exe at its
> original location.
> How to avoid dependency on the original d:\setup\A.exe during the
> uninstallation?
> Is it possible to have the uninstaller find itself at the package cache?
> Thanks,
> Oleg.
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