You may have seen this strange error when trying to install your MSI when you have developed a managed custom action DLL in Visual Studio 2005 / 2008?
If you execute the MSI with detailed logging, like this:
MSIEXEC /i "<YOURMSI>.msi" /L*v "InstallLog.txt"
You end up with an error message that is similar to this in the log file:
DEBUG: Error 2769: Custom Action _E3EBB591_EA21_438E_AEB9_4442A5A8C483.install did not close 1 MSIHANDLEs.
The installer has encountered an unexpected error installing this package. This may indicate a problem with this package. The error code is 2769. The arguments are: _E3EBB591_EA21_438E_AEB9_4442A5A8C483.install, 1,
Action ended 16:09:12: InstallExecute. Return value 3.
The thing is that you probably have set the Custom Action Data as follows:
The solution to the problem is to add a trailing backslash:
This is actually described in this MSDN article: