How to Resolve HP Printer Fatal Error 1603?

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The HP Printer Fatal Error 1603 displays upfront while installing the HP software on a computer running windows operating system. The error that is actually shown on the screen is: ‘ERROR_INSTALL_FAILURE’.  You can come across this type of error while starting up the installation services for the first time or a re-install. The reason behind this error might be numerous, the main ones being the multiple installations taking place at the same time. For example, startup services or system updates or any other type of installations taking place. But there are many options to resolve this error which are given below :

Option one: Registering the Windows components

Sometimes, the ALt.dll files remain unregistered or become corrupt. RE-registering these components along with the windows installer might fix the issue. This can be done by following the below steps:

Step 1: Registration of the Atl.dll file

  1. Click Windows icon
  2. Click Run.
  3. Type regsvr32 Atl.dll
  4. Click OK.
  5. The RegSvr32 screen pops up
  6. Click OK.

Step 2: Unregistering and re- registration of the Windows Installer

  1. Click Windows icon
  2. Move to Search programs and files box
  3. Type msiexec /unregister and press Enter.
  4. Click on Windows icon again
  5. Move to the search programs and files box and type msiexec /regserver and press Enter.

Step 3: Reinstallation of  HP software

  1. Turn the printer on.
  2. In case the printer is connected with your computer, disconnect it.
  3. Open the web browser and navigate to HP Customer Support – Software and Driver Downloads.
  4. Select the method of your choice to identify your printer’s model
  5. Follow the instructions being displayed on-screen to reach the download page.
  6. ClickDownload

Option two: Reinstall your HP software after Temporarily disabling the services

You can temporarily disable the startup services and reinstall your HP printer software to get rid of this error. This can be achieved by performing the following steps:

Step 1: Temporary disabling of the startup services

  1. Click on Windows icon
  2. Move to the search programs and files
  3. Type msconfig press Enter.
  4. Select Startup tab in the MSCONFIG window
  5. Click Disable All
  6. Select Services tab
  7. Go for Hide All Microsoft Services check box
  8. Click Disable All
  9. Click OK.

Step 2: Temporary disabling of the Windows Update

  1. Click on Windows icon
  2. Select All Programs
  3. click Windows Update.
  4. click Change settings on the left pane .
  5. Navigate to the Recommended updates section
  6. Click Never check for updates
  7. Click OK.

Step 3: Removal of your existing HP software

There are chances that if the installation of HP software has failed, certain components might remain partially installed on your system. Following the steps given below can ensure the removal of such partially installed components.

  1. Unplug the printer from the system.
  2. Click on Windows icon
  3. Click Control Panel.
  4. Open list of installed programs and remove the software.
  5. Click Programs.
  6. Click the HP product from the list of installed programs
  7. Click Uninstall.
  8. Follow the instructions displayed on the screen to complete the procedure of software removal.

Step 4: Reinstallation of your HP software

Now it’s time to re-install the HP software. For this, you can follow the steps that have already been mentioned in Step 3 of the first option.

Step 5: Enabling the startup programs

  1. Click on Windows icon
  2. Click on Search programs and files box
  3. Type Msconfig and a dialog box opens.
  4. Inside the dialog box, click on msconfig in the dialog box.
  5. Select the General tab
  6. Opt for Normal Startup check box
  7. Click Apply
  8. Click Close
  9. Select restart to apply these changes

Step 6: Re-enabling Windows Update

  1. Click on Windows icon
  2. Click All Programs
  3. Click Windows Update.
  4. Click Change settings on the left pane.
  5. Click Never check for updates Under the Install updates automatically option
  6. Click OK.

Option Three : Upgrade the Microsoft Windows Installer to the latest version

If your system is running an older version of the Microsoft Windows Installer, then the chances are high that you can face the 1603 error message. So, the below mentioned steps can be followed to check the present version and subsequently upgrade it to the latest version :

Step 1: Checking the Windows Installer version

  1. Click on Windows icon
  2. Navigate to Search programs and files box
  3. Type msiexec.exe
  4. Press Enter.
  5. Windows Installer opens.
  6. Make a note of the Windows Installer version.

Step 2: Updating the Windows Installer

  1. Go to the Microsoft website and check for the latest windows installer version.
  2. In case you are running an older version of the Microsoft installer, download it and install it at the earliest.

By making use of these above mentioned options, you can tackle the error 1603 effortlessly. If the error still persists, then please do approach the HP printer support helpline where the HP professionals will help you resolve your error with expertise and a guaranteed quality of services.

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