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Error 1606: Could not access network location

Published: Sep 20, 2005
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When you attempt to install an application which uses Windows Installer, you may encounter the following error:

Error 1606 Could not access network location %USERPROFILE%\RECENT\


This may happen due to incorrect registry value type for Recent, in the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurentVersion \ Explorer \ User Shell Folders

  • Click Start, Run and type Regedit.exe
  • Navigate to the above location
  • In the right-pane, double-click Recent and set its data to:


Important: The Value type must be of REG_EXPAND_SZ type. If it is of  REG_SZ type, delete the value, and then create a new value of the correct type.

  • Close Regedit.exe and restart Windows.

Inspect the other shell folder paths

If the same error occurs for a different folder, then inspect the registry values as suggested in the following pages: