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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"

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:
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Article ID: 916899 - Last Review: 01/08/2007 02:25:48 - Revision: 2.2

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