[Solved] Error 1606: Could not access network location 0\

The error was faced by one of our readers who was irritated with the problem that whenever he tried to install or uninstall any program there comes an error message reading “Error 1606:Could not access network location 0\

Well the fix is not that difficult but requires some Registry Tweaking so it would be better if you have a backup of your registry, but if you are confident enough then you can do it without that as well.

Steps:

1.    Type regedit in the Run box to open the registry editor.

2.    Now navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Current Version -> Explorer -> User Shell Folders

3.    Locate the key named “Recent” in the right side and delete it by right clicking on it.

4.    Windows may require a restart.

The problem would have gone but if it hasn’t then have a look at these MS articles.

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19 comments on “[Solved] Error 1606: Could not access network location 0\
  1. John D says:

    I’m trying to install BitDefender 2009 and receive the exact error message you were receiving, I tried all of the above methods, including yours and microsoft’s, help me please :(

  2. ed'z says:

    Steps:

    1. Type regedit in the Run box to open the registry editor.
    2. Now navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Current Version -> Explorer -> User Shell Folders
    3. Locate the key named “Recent” in the right side and delete it by right clicking on it.
    4. Windows may require a restart.

    I am using win7. I cant see “Recent” in the right side of what you are instructing. What can i do? there’s nothing to delete there. I’ve got the same problem installing program like ftp utility. I also cannot uninstall bitdefender because this “could not access network 0\” problem keep on appearing.

  3. Nathan H says:

    Same here I keep getting the error message (on WinXP SP3) I don’t have a “recent” either… any ideas

  4. enoctis says:

    ————————————————————-
    *** W A R N I N G , R E A D E N T I R E L Y ***
    This fix requires the user to change values in the Windows Registry. Follow these instructions step-by-step and do NOTHING else in the Registry. Errors in the Windows Registry can cause your system to become unstable, fail to start, or other unwanted results.

    In all directories, the spaces after the “\” are put there for formatting reasons only and should not exist in your registry; remove these spaces when copy\pasting.

    NOTE: In the instructions below “[USERNAME]” should be replaced with your username, which may be different than the name you login to Windows with. To learn your username, create and\or open a folder on your desktop. Between “Documents and Settings\” and “\Desktop” is your username. This information will appear in the “address bar”, which you may have to turn on by going to View > Toolbars > Address Bar.
    ————————————————————-
    Goto Start > Run or press Windows Key + R (opens Run Dialog)
    Type regedit and hit Enter or click OK (opens Windows Registry)

    In the Windows Registry, navigate to the following:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Explorer\ Shell Folders

    Ensure that the following keys Data values are set to a valid folder on your system:
    - Administrative Tools = C:\ Documents and Settings\ [USERNAME]\ Start Menu\ Programs\ Administrative Tools
    - AppData = C:\ Documents and Settings\ [USERNAME]\ Application Data
    - Cache = C:\ Documents and Settings\ [USERNAME]\ Local Settings\ Temporary Internet Files
    - Local AppData = C:\ Documents and Settings\ [USERNAME]\ Local Settings\ Application Data
    - Local Settings = C:\ Documents and Settings\ [USERNAME]\ Local Settings
    - My Music = C:\ Documents and Settings\ [USERNAME]\ My Documents\ My Music
    - My Pictures = C:\ Documents and Settings\ [USERNAME]\ My Documents\ My Pictures
    - My Video = C:\ Documents and Settings\ [USERNAME]\ My Documents\ My Video
    - NetHood = C:\ Documents and Settings\ [USERNAME]\ NetHood
    - Personal = C:\ Documents and Settings\ [USERNAME]\ My Documents
    - PrintHood = C:\ Documents and Settings\ [USERNAME]\ PrintHood
    - Programs = C:\ Documents and Settings\ [USERNAME]\ Start Menu\ Programs
    - Recent = (delete this key entirely; it will be recreated by Windows upon restart)
    - SendTo = C:\ Documents and Settings\ [USERNAME]\ SendTo
    - Start Menu = C:\ Documents and Settings\ [USERNAME]\ Start Menu
    - Startup = C:\ Documents and Settings\ [USERNAME]\ Start Menu\ Programs\ Startup
    - Templates = C:\ Documents and Settings\ [USERNAME]\ Templates

    Navigate to the following:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Explorer\ User Shell Folders

    These keys will have relative paths. They should all begin with %USERPROFILE%. Furthermore, their Type should all be REG_EXPAND_SZ with the exception of the (Default) key. If any of these keys have the REG_SZ Type then you need to rename the erronous key (just add “_old” to the end of the name). Now right-click in the right-pane New > Expandable String Value. Name the new key as the the old was before you renamed it. Double-click the old key and copy/paste it’s Value into the new key.
    - AppData = %USERPROFILE%\ Application Data
    - Cache = %USERPROFILE%\ Local Settings\ Temporary Internet Files
    - Cookies = %USERPROFILE%\ Cookies
    - Desktop = %USERPROFILE%\ Desktop
    - Favorites = %USERPROFILE%\ Favorites
    - History = %USERPROFILE%\ Local Settings\ History
    - Local AppData = %USERPROFILE%\ Local Settings\ Application Data
    - Local Settings = %USERPROFILE%\ Local Settings
    - My Music = %USERPROFILE%\ My Documents\ My Music
    - My Pictures = %USERPROFILE%\ My Documents\ My Pictures
    - My Video = %USERPROFILE%\ My Documents\ My Video
    - NetHood = %USERPROFILE%\ NetHood
    - Personal = %USERPROFILE%\ My Documents
    - PrintHood = %USERPROFILE%\ PrintHood
    - Programs = %USERPROFILE%\ Start Menu\ Programs
    - SendTo = %USERPROFILE%\ SendTo
    - Start Menu = %USERPROFILE%\ Start Menu
    - Startup = %USERPROFILE%\ Start Menu\ Programs\ Startup
    - Templates = %USERPROFILE%\ Templates

    Restart your computer and enjoy your error free installations/uninstalls and corrected folder name “%s’s _____” errors.

  5. farizluqman says:

    Silly, “Error 1606: Could not access network location 0\” can be solved by:

    “Disconnecting your internet connection.”

    Reason: (Might not perfect, but this really works) Windows has set your network location to be reversible.

    1. If your pc is network name/PC name is NAME, then windows will gonna access your files like //NAME/c/program files/adobe.

    This is because Microsoft Installer might has configured FROM ANOTHER computer in THE SAME NETWORK. thus, let say, if there is 2 PC in that network, yours, NAME and other’s ANOTHERPC. so if you’re installing from ANOTHERPC, it might be //ANOTHERPC/c/program files/adobe. like that.

    Suddenly, those misleading configurations has made your network PC name “0\” which NEVER EXISTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Simply, disconnect any network, and it will connect locally, c:\program files\adobe like that.

    simply…. it works 99% fine during my installation of adobe photoshop.

    2fzweb@gmail.com

  6. SK says:

    Hi all,

    am trying to install Java Runtime Environment silently. here am getting the error the moment i give the comment line msiexec/i /qb. this opens java dialog box and throws the error 1608 could not access network location 0.

    in my application there is no registry like: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Explorer\ Shell Folders..

    Can anyone please help me..
    Regards,
    SK..:-)

  7. SK says:

    sorry i misstyped the error code as 1608.. it is 1606 only..

    Regards,
    SK..:-)

  8. farizluqman says:

    DISCONNECT YOUR INTERNET CONNECTION

  9. Johhny B says:

    I have the same problem and no
    nothing works ,not the internet not the registry change
    not the network nothing,any other idea?

  10. farizluqman says:

    Disable your network devices

  11. Jin says:

    Just make sure you are not connected to any network during the install. So turn of your wireless and unplug any LAN cable. It will work.

  12. Master says:

    Just do as the farizluqman said: “Disconnect the internet AND disable ALL your network adapters, it will work for sure.

    thanks.

  13. Earl says:

    Thanks all,

    I had the exact same error (Error 1606: Could not access network location 0\)when trying to install Symantec endpoint 12 on windows Server 2003. I disabled the network connection as advised by farizluqman and bingo it worked.

  14. amsanet says:

    Goto Start > Run or press Windows Key + R (opens Run Dialog)
    Type regedit and hit Enter or click OK (opens Windows Registry)

    In the Windows Registry, navigate to the following:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    Locate the key named “ProgramFilesDir” in the right side and change it you Program path like “C:\Program Files”

  15. Adeel Aslam says:

    Its works great. The problem was resolved by disabling network card.

    Thanks

  16. Nguyen son says:

    Thanks farizluqmanNo

    “Disconnecting your internet connection.”

    Suddenly, those misleading configurations has made your network PC name “0\” which NEVER EXISTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    My computer has fixed !

  17. Chris says:

    I deleted the file but it didn’t work.. Same error but instead of it saying it in a windows box it now says it in the actual Adobe Reader box (which is what I’m trying to download, well upgrade to the newest version actually).

    I don’t know how disconnecting from the internet will help when the file needs to be downloaded, I’m not exactly “tech savvy” so can someone dumb this down for me?

  18. HAMZI says:

    disconnect the internet connection it worked prefect for me !

  19. jamie says:

    hey thanks a lot, worked like a charm
    my found the problem and fixed it the following folders were wrong configured, i just fixed them accordingly respectfully, thanks again!
    - My Music = 0
    - My Pictures = 0
    - My Video = 0

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