Cannot Install Applications, Error Message States That the Uninstall Shield Is in Use

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When you attempt to install any application, the installation may stop and you may receive the following error message:
The Uninstall Shield is in use. Please stop the Uninstall Shield and try again.


This behavior can occur when the permissions on the Uninst.exe file and on the C:\Winnt directory are not set correctly.


To resolve this issue, set the permissions on both the C:\Winnt directory and the Uninst.exe file to:

Administrators\Full Control
System\Full Control


Article ID: 264647 - Last Review: November 1, 2006 - Revision: 1.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
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