Common mistakes while installation and deployment of PIAs

Have you ever came across this error message while deploying PIAs along with your add-in as prerequisites?

Problem:

Error 1316: Setup cannot read from file {PATH}\PIARedist.MSI. Check your connection to the network, or CD-ROM drive. For other potential solutions, see SETUP.CHM.

Reason:

This error occurs if the PIA’s already installed in the client system. This usually happens with Office 2007 if Outlook is installed with Contact Manager.

Business Contact Manager for Outlook 2007 installs the PIAs by default, and the file name is PIARedist.MSI.  However, the file from the Microsoft Download Center is called o2007pia.msi.  When you install the PIAs from the Microsoft Download Center, this name conflict causes the 1316 error.

Solution:

The simplest solution is to just ignore the error, because this message means that the PIAs are already installed. If you want to correct the error, uninstall the PIAs through the list of installed programs for the specific computer. Then you can reinstall the PIAs with the Primary Interop Assemblies for the 2007 Microsoft Office system from the Microsoft Download Center.

For more details, refer to Misha’s article in her blog.

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vsto/archive/2008/05/20/common-pitfalls-during-pia-deployment-and-installation.aspx

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About Pranav

A Software Engineer by profession and a Geek at heart. I love exploring new technologies and working on algorithmic problems. As of now, I write code for bread, butter and satisfaction. I like to develop applications, and generally that involves much more than writing code. It’s not just about hurling code, but producing something meaningful that has a measurable and positive impact, helps others and solves interesting problems.

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