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MSI Repair kicks in when it shouldn't

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    I am experiencing some problems in a certain Repair scenario done with MSI Based installations. The repair seems to prompt for the original Installation CD when it shouldn't. 

    The scenario is as follows:

     - Install any MSI Based Installation on WinXP or above OS.
     - Make the Installation source location unavailable.
     - Request a Repair through Add/Remove programs.
     - The Repair process prompts for the original CD although none of the files were actually changed.

    Is this a bug or a feature? Should the user be prompted for the original CD when it attempts to repair a product which doesn't need to be repaired?

    I couldn't find any reference on the Web.    

    I was able to reproduce this issue on the following operating systems:

     - WinXP     ( MSI version 3.01 )
     - Win2003 ( MSI Version 3.01 )

    IMPORTANT NOTE: This issue doesn't reproduce on Win2K with MSI 3.01 (Which means that this Repair issue probably happens due to a bug which is somehow caused in later OS versions).

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    MSIExec doesn't know whether the package needs repairing or not until it can compare what is installed with the original installation source. Therefore this is a feature, not a bug.


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