Error 1636 error message when you try to install an update more than 127 times for a single Windows Installer (MSI) application: "Patch package could not be opened"

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SYMPTOMS

When you try to install more than 127 updates for a single Microsoft Windows Installer (MSI) application in Microsoft Windows, you receive the following error 1636 error message:
Patch package could not be opened

WORKAROUND

To work around this issue, issue a major version upgrade. This enables another 127 updates to be applied.

STATUS

This behavior is by design.

REFERENCES

For more information about the Windows Installer, visit the following Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Web site:
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa372866.aspx

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Article ID: 916899 - Last Review: January 8, 2007 - Revision: 2.2
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 Enterprise Architect
  • Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 Enterprise Developer
  • Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 Academic Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2002 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2002 Enterprise Architect
  • Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2002 Academic Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2002 Enterprise Developer
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