Hi, thank you for bringing your problem to Google Answers.
I suspect your problem is related to the fact that you are loading
software on CD-ROMs from a DVD drive and XP is having problems
locating the drivers but the fix isn't simple.
Microsoft says that Error 1706 is a Microsoft Office Error code which
indicates that required files can not be found by Setup. Since you
are trying to install new programs I feel that this is probably the
correct interpretation of your error code.
Microsoft's Knowledge Base Article 297834,
States that this happens if all the following conditions are true:
>You originally installed Office from a network administrative installation.
>The network administrative installation is no longer available to you.
>You are trying to use an Office CD-ROM when you are prompted by the
Windows Installer for an Office source location.
You don't actually ask a question but I presume you would like to
obtain some help in fixing this problem.
Microsoft reports that this problem applies to:
MS Office 2003
Office XP setup
This should explain why the problem occurs only part of the time as you state.
to fix the problem please read the Microsoft KBA carefully but, since
you are asking the question here I also presume you are running a
workstation and not connected to a local network.
If so, you will probably need to uninstall Microsoft Office (2003 or
XP, depending on your version) and then re-install it.
This problem can also occur if you have an unlicensed version of
Office or haven't registered it.
Please read the Microsoft bulletin on this error message:
This problem may occur if the Group Policy settings on your computer
prevent access to the required installation files.
Now for the bad news.
Fixing this problem other than by uninstalling and re-installing
Office will almost certainly require editing The Register. This can be
an extremely hazardous operation if you don?t understand exactly what
you are doing.
At a minimum you will need to make a backup of The Register because
any mistake editing it using Start, Run, Regedit, can cause a complete
system failure and lost of both data and applications.
http://www.kbalertz.com/kb_873279.aspx discusses editing The Registry
so I won?t go into the details other than to warn you that this should
ONLY be undertaken by someone with considerable experience.
As a personal recommendation I would suggest that, if you own the
computer where this is occurring, you try logging on as Administrator.
Sometimes you can get strange error messages when you try to install
certain programs as a user with limited privileges.
You should have both Administrator and at least one lower level
account as a security measure and most of the time you should run at a
lower privilege level than Administrator but sometimes, especially
when installing software, you need to log on as Administrator ? you
don?t even need to reboot to do this, simple go to Start, Shutdown,
and log off as whatever you are.
That is the method if you are using the ?classic? menu option.
To change to and from the classic or XP-style menus, right click on
the START button and choose properties.
If you are using the ?XP menu option, then clicking on START will give
you a menu with a ?Log Off? option at the bottom, select this to
change to Administrator or some user with administrative privileges.
There are also some specific known problems with Roxio?s creator 6 software.
Roxio makes some specific recommendations regarding the use with
Windows 2000 and XP and you may also wish to contact Roxio for further
for more details.
Good luck, if this doesn?t work I recommend you contact Microsoft for
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