Unable to repair or uninstall Ablebits add-in

When trying to install a new version

If you try to install a new Ablebits add-in for Excel when an older version of the product is already installed on your machine, you may face a problem with Windows Installer Package. In the majority of cases, this may happen because the .msi file was lost or the add-in file was deleted or renamed. First of all, try to uninstall an old add-in version via Control Panel instead of Apps & features in Windows 10. If for any reasons it doesn't help and you still receive an error message, please follow the troubleshooting instructions on this page.

Uninstall via Control Panel

  1. Close all Microsoft Excel files.
  2. Go to Start and open Control Panel.
  3. Click on Programs:
    Pick Programs
  4. Pick the Uninstall a program option:
    Uninstall a program
  5. You will see a list of all installed programs. Find the add-in you want to uninstall and double-click it.
    Click Yes in the dialog window:
    Are you sure?

If you can't remove the add-in via Control Panel, look at the screenshots below, find the message you are seeing, and follow the instructions.

Remove AblebitsLoader.exe before uninstall

Please look through the screenshots and if you see your message among them, remove the AblebitsLoader.exe file from installation folder and try to uninstall the add-in via Control Panel again:
Installation source is not available.
Did not finish as expected.
Windows installer package problem.

  1. Browse to the add-in's installation folder:
    %LOCALAPPDATA%\Add-in Express\Ultimate Suite for Microsoft Excel
    %LOCALAPPDATA%\Ablebits\Ultimate Suite for Microsoft Excel
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Ablebits\Ultimate Suite for Microsoft Excel
    Another folder you have chosen while installation.
  2. Delete the AblebitsLoader.exe file and try to uninstall an add-in again. If this won't help, remove an add-in from the Registry Editor (instructions below).

Delete the add-in registry branch

If the problem is that the add-in can't be removed or the network source (.msi file) is not available, you'll see one of the following dialog messages:
Ultimate Suite cannot be removed.
Network source is unavailable.
Take the following steps:

  1. In Windows 10, close Excel, click Start, and enter regedit. Click Open:
    Open Registry Editor.

    Tip. If you have another Windows version, find the way to open Registry Editor here.
  2. When the Registry Editor window appears, find the registry branch:
    Open the folder.
  3. Check all folders in this branch, and if you find Ablebits or Add-in Express in a folder - remove the folder:
    Remove the registry folder.

  4. Then, find the registry branch HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\Excel\Addins\ and remove all entries that include "Ablebits.Suite" in their name.
  5. After that, go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features and make sure that you don't have Ablebits in the list. Then go to C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Roaming\ and check that you don't have any files left in the Add-in Express and Ablebits folders. If there are some, please remove these folders.


I am getting the following error when trying to install:

"There is a problem with this Windows Installer package. A DLL required for this install to complete could not be run. Contact your support personnel or package vendor."

Please advise
Thank you

Katerina Bespalaya says:
September 30, 2019 at 11:11 am

Hello Steve,

Sorry to hear that you are having difficulties with the installation.

Most likely, you haven't uninstalled the previous version of the product completely. Please try to clear the registry as described here.

Then download and install the latest version of Ultimate Suite anew using this direct link.

If you still have any difficulties, please contact support@ablebits.com for further assistance.

Simon Margulius says:
October 18, 2020 at 6:44 pm

I followed directions I'm stuck on "remove the folder". How do i do this?

Check all folders in this branch, and if you find Ablebits or Add-in Express in a folder - remove the folder:



Hello Simon,

Please right-click on the folder and choose Delete. Thank you.


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