very strange setup.exe not a valid win32 app error

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by philF, Jun 14, 2006.

  1. philF

    philF Guest

    I have successfully installed the Vista Beta on my laptop in a vmware
    session. However when I try to open setup.exe on my home test pc I get the
    message "setup.exe is not a valid win32 application". This also happens on
    my other home PC. I have definitely NOT downloaded the 64 bit version! I
    can't boot from DVD either, it moans about the partitition.
    Any ideas what is preventing setup.exe running? The icon doesn't display
    properly either. I have never had problems intslling apps before on home
    PC;s. I know there are other posts about this but I felt mine was slightly
    different as I had already managed to install on one machine and had not
    downloaded the wrong dvd.
    P.S Loving Vista by the way!!
    philF, Jun 14, 2006
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  2. I have this problem and i don't know what I can do plz if any people
    khow any solve for that send to us.
    modern academy, Dec 4, 2007
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  3. philF

    uvbogden Guest

    The text of your question is blank, but from your title it seems you're
    getting an error "not a valid win32 application" when you try and run
    "setup.exe". Make sure setup.exe is not a comprressed file; if it is, you
    will need to unzip it before you can do your install. Alternatively, Vista
    will sometimes reject an install on this basis for no reason at all. In this
    case, when you download the file, instead of Saving it, click Run, then Run
    again, and sometimes your program will then install.

    If neither of the solutions proposed above help in your situation, you may
    have an install/uninstall problem, a Security/Permissions issue, or you may
    need to look into your Repair Vista Options. See the following tutorials for
    uvbogden, Dec 4, 2007
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