"Error reading from file" during installation

Posted by troyt on 2010-10-28 11:49

When I try to run the MSI installer, I get a dialog with the message:

Error reading from file C:\Path\to\Some-installer.msi. Verify that the file exists and that you can access it.

This prevents me from installing the software. What's wrong?


The Windows "System" group needs to have access to the file. This problem often occurs when the msi file is saved to a folder without System group permissions and with "Inherit from parent" set.

To solve this, grant the System group Read & Execute permissions for the installer.

See also:


frankg | Fri, 2010-12-03 20:30

When I try to download this version, it starts up the "Thank you for
downloading..." screen. No download happens, at least not into my normal
download directory.

Any suggestions anyone?

ActiveState Staff
Sat, 2010-12-04 03:17

Try using the direct download site: