Enforce upgrade component rules

This policy setting causes the Windows Installer to enforce strict rules for component upgrades. If you enable this policy setting strict upgrade rules will be enforced by the Windows Installer which may cause some upgrades to fail. Upgrades can fail if they attempt to do one of the following:(1) Remove a component from a feature. This can also occur if you change the GUID of a component. The component identified by the original GUID appears to be removed and the component as identified by the new GUID appears as a new component. (2) Add a new feature to the top or middle of an existing feature tree. The new feature must be added as a new leaf feature to an existing feature tree. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting the Windows Installer will use less restrictive rules for component upgrades.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Installer # EnforceUpgradeComponentRules

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Windows Components -> Windows Installer


* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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