How to Fix an NSIS Error

By Kathleen Estrada

There are multiple ways of resolving an NSIS error for Windows 7 and Windows 8, such as using a fresh copy and clearing malware.

An NSIS error occurs when you download a program that fails an integrity check during installation. Failed integrity checks usually occur due to corrupt files. To fix an NSIS error, install the corrupt program from a fresh copy. A combination of other solutions can be used to remove this error, such as removing malware, checking hardware, and temporarily disabling your firewall.

Use a Fresh Copy

The most prevalent cause of an NSIS error is the corruption of installation files. The installer attempts to install a new program, and the files are corrupted to the point that the installer abandons the install. Download a fresh copy of the program or contact the software manufacturer for a new copy.

Clear Malware or Viruses

Scan your computer with both an anti-malware program such as Malwarebytes and an anti-virus solution like Avast. Using only an anti-malware scanner may miss a virus and using only an anti-virus solution could miss some malware. Both must be used.

Tip

Anti-malware and anti-virus scans take a long time depending on the amount of files they must scan. To save time, clear your computer of unneeded files before you begin a scan. Third-party tools like Ccleaner perform this task if you cannot do it manually.

Check the Hardware

If you are installing the program from a disk, USB drive or flash drive, there could be a problem with the physical disk or drive. Contact the manufacturer of the software and obtain a new disk or use a different USB drive.

Check the drive you are using to insert your media. Use a different disk drive or a different USB port.

Disable Download Manager

Do not use a download manager or a download accelerator when downloading the software. Microsoft has a Download Manager that makes downloading easy, and other popular accelerators are available free for download. These create problems when downloading software if they are not completely compatible. For example, using Microsoft's Manager to download a product that is from a different manufacturer can create corrupt files. Manually download the program without the help of an accelerator if the NSIS error persists.

Tip

The opposite could also help. If you are manually downloading and installing the program and continually get the NSIS error, using a download manager could prevent NSIS errors during download.

Rename the Installation File

Remove any special characters by renaming the installation file. Special characters in a filename or filenames that are too long can cause the install program to crash resulting in an NSIS error. It could also fail the integrity checks. Rename any installation file to a simpler name, even if you do not see any special characters.

Disable Your Firewall

Windows 7

Open your Control Panel by clicking Start and Control Panel.

Windows 8

Control Panel 8

Open your Control Panel by typing Control Panel into the Search bar and clicking Control Panel.

Windows Firewall

Click Windows Firewall.

Regular Firewall

Click Turn Windows Firewall On or Off.

Turn Off

Turn off the firewall and click OK.

Warning

The firewall is a major piece of your computer security and turning off the firewall can lead to your computer being attacked. Make sure you turn the firewall back on when the installation is complete.

Firewall Issue

Check your firewall permissions with your anti-virus solution. If you are unable to turn your firewall off, check and see if it is controlled by your anti-virus solution. Open your AV settings to turn the firewall off if it is controlled by your AV.

Scan Your Hard Drive for Errors

Windows 7

Tip

Close any open programs before running a disk check

Follow Microsoft's detailed instructions to scan your hard drive and any external media such as your USB stick.

Windows 8

Windows 8 provides an automatic disk check during Automatic Maintenance. You do not need to scan for disk errors on a Windows 8 machine. There is a manual process if you feel the automatic process failed.

Corrupted files can occur due to bad sectors on your hard drive. The Disk Check and Defragmentation tools can help resolve these errors.

Update Your Operating System

Windows 7

Windows Update

Open your Control Panel and click Windows Update.

Check for Updates

Click Check for Updates.

Install Now

Click Install Now or click the link to check online for updates.

Move Installation Files

An NSIS error can occur if you try to install from a folder or directory for which you do not have the proper permissions. Move the installation file to your desktop and install the program from there to fix any permission issues.

Tip

Most programs will allow you to choose the location to install the program files. You can run the installation file from your desktop, but save the program files to the place of your choosing. Just because you install from the desktop does not mean you need to clutter the desktop with the program file. When installation is complete, move the installation file from your desktop.