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When it comes to cross-platform video chats, Skype is definitely at the top of the list. Although Windows 10 comes with Skype pre-installed, you may need to download the installer to install the application. I recently received this error when I downloaded and ran the installation to update Skype.
Skype installation failed; code 1603, A serious error occurred during installation.
If you receive this error message, these suggestions will help you.
Skype installation failed with error code 1603
1] Uninstall Skype
Open Control Panel > Programs & Features and uninstall Skype. Restart your computer
2] Troubleshooting, installing and uninstalling the program
Run Troubleshooting to install and uninstall the program. It is a convenient tool for Windows 10/8/7 and solves several key registry issues that prevent users from installing or uninstalling software. During execution, expand the Advanced option and make sure that application repairs are automatically enabled.
You will be asked if you have any problems during installation or uninstallation. Make your selection and continue. You may also be asked to select a program that presents problems. Select Not listed because you won’t find Skype now and continue. The tool scans your system for possible problems and corrects them automatically.
3] Reinstall Skype
Download and install the latest Skype configuration from Microsoft’s website. The installation is now expected to run smoothly.
It worked for me, and I hope it works for you.