Troubleshooting Packagefortheweb packages

Under some circumstances when installing an app from a Packagefortheweb archive, such as Sun’s JRE, I get a goofy error message like “Cannot run 16-bit Windows Program” or a message about a failure to find a path with long filenames in it.

It’s a bit of a pain but you can fix it.The trick is to extract the file rather than run it. I found PowerArchiver can do it. Winzip may also be able to. I wish I had a command-line utility to do it but I don’t.

Extract it to a short directory name, then move it to the root drive. Then run your setup.exe. That should be the end of your problems. Clean up afterward to eliminate directory clutter.

One thought on “Troubleshooting Packagefortheweb packages

  • January 20, 2005 at 11:47 pm

    If WinZip can, indeed, solve your problem then you should download the WinZip command-line add-on utility.

    Dustin D. Cook, A+

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