When installing an application in Windows, you might get “Error 1324 The Folder Path Contains an Invalid Character”. This is usually caused by an invalid character in the User Profile.
Determine if your user profile contains an invalid character by navigating to C:\Windows\Profiles\Your Profile, where Your Profile is the name of your user profile, such as James Jones. If your profile contains characters, such as “/”, for example, James/Jones, your profile may be damaged. Windows should not allow you to create a user name with invalid characters.
There are two possible fixes: You can turn off user profiles and then run the installation or you can install the software under a different user profile. Turning off user profiles installs the software for all users of the computer. Installing the software under a different profile may install the software for only that profile.
To turn off user profiles, follow these steps:
1. Select Start > Settings > Control Panel.
2. Double-click Passwords.
3. Click the User Profiles tab.
4. Select All users of this computer use the same preferences and desktop settings.
5. Click OK.
6. Restart your computer if prompted to do so.
7. Run the installation. This installs the software for all users.
8. To turn user profiles on again, repeat steps 1-3 and select Users can customize their preferences and desktop settings.
9. Restart your computer if prompted to do so.
To install the software under a different profile, log on as a different user by selecting Start > Shutdown > Log on as different user, and then run the installation.Last modified January 20, 2012