Install Error – Error 1320.The specified path is too long

Or some other variation.

This problem has most commonly been reported on Sony Vaio machines running Microsoft Vista or Windows 7, but there have been reports from other machine types as well. The MSI 1320 error usually occurs when the installation folder (INSTALLDIR) the user is installing to is a mapped network drive, or has been substituted using the DOS ‘SUBST’ command. As an initial diagnostic, please check to be sure this is not the case in your situation. Please use the following workaround:

  • Remove the “Application Data” shortcut (junction) from the “C:\ProgramData” directory:
  • Click on your Start button, select Computer
  • Choose the “Organize” drop-down located in the upper left-hand corner and select “Folder and Search Options”
  • Choose the “View” tab, select the following options, and click OK: Select/Check “Show hidden files and folders” De-select/Uncheck “Hide protected operating system files” Click OK.
  • Navigate to “C:\ProgramData”
  • Locate the “Application Data” shortcut
  • Click and drag the “Application Data” shortcut to another location. For example, your Desktop.
  • Install SPSS. When the installation is complete, move the “Application Data” shortcut to its original location.
  • Click on your Start button, select Computer
  • Choose the “Organize” drop-down located in the upper left-hand corner and select “Folder and Search Options”
  • Choose the “View” tab, select the following options, and click OK: De-select/Uncheck “Show hidden files and folders” Select/Check “Hide protected operating system files” Click OK.

Close the Window If you have issues restoring the settings that were in place prior to the resolution process, please perform the following steps:

  • Click on your Start button, select Computer
  • Choose the “Organize” drop-down located in the upper left-hand corner and select “Folder and Search Options”
  • Choose the “View” tab, select the following options, and click OK: Select the ‘Do not show hidden files and folders’ option. Select the ‘Hide protected operating system files’ option. Select the Apply button. Select the OK button. Close Computer window. Your original settings will now be restored.