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VeraCrypt 1.19 Vista Installation Workaround


I have been unable to install VeraCrypt 1.19 on a Vista OS unless I use a workaround. The installation always fails with the message "Installation failed". I discovered a work around for the problem. If I un-check the two options "Add VeraCrypt to Start menu" and "Add VeraCrypt icon to desktop" then VeraCrypt will install successfully.

I then create the "VeraCrypt" folder in "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs" and create any desired shortcuts. The easiest way to get to the folder is to right-click on "All Programs" in the Start Menu and then left-click on "Open All Users". The entire "VeraCrypt" Start Menu folder can be copied from a Windows 7 machine or an older version of VeraCrypt.

Based on this it seems that the error is due to problems creating the Start Menu and Desktop shortcuts. I also determined that un-checking or checking the "Install for all users" option has no effect on the problem. Version 1.16 does not have the problem on the same Vista OS.


ehheh1000 wrote Jan 20 at 11:20 PM

Thank you very much for the answer. I also had this problem.