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ERROR 12152: There was a problem downloading your McAfee programs


All McAfee Windows Security suites

Operating Systems:
Microsoft Windows 8, 8.1
Microsoft Windows 7
Microsoft Windows Vista
Microsoft Windows XP


Some Intel Security customers might experience slow downloads when installing McAfee Security products. In some cases, the download fails and an error similar to the following displays:
Unable to Continue Installation
We're having trouble completing your McAfee software installation because of this error: 12152.


The 12152 error usually refers to a generic network problem that has caused your download to disconnect or fail. Wait a few minutes and try your download again.

If you are still unable to download and install, it is possible the McAfee download is being blocked by a previously installed, incompatible third-party product.

Solution 1

Verify that your Internet connection is functioning and try your install again. If you have third-party security products installed, uninstall them. For a complete list of incompatible third party security products, see TS101083.

Attempt your McAfee product install again. If the issue persists, continue to the next Solution.

Solution 2

Download and run MCPR.exe and the Preinstall tool:

  1. Download the removal tool from the following link: 

  2. Save the file to your desktop.
  3. Close any open programs.
  4. Right-click MCPR.exe and select Run as Administrator.
    NOTE: Windows XP users can double-click MCPR.exe.  
  5. Restart your computer.
  6. Download the preinstall tool from the following link:
  7. Save the file to your desktop.
  8. Double-click McPreInstall.exe
  9. Click the Start button inside the Preinstall Tool.
  10. Read the warning message and click OK to agree to the changes.
  11. After the Preinstall Tool completes, click OK.
  12. Click Close and restart your computer.
Attempt your McAfee product install again. If the issue persists, continue to the next Solution.

Solution 3

Reset your Internet Explorer options:
  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click Tools, Internet Options, select the Connections tab, and click Lan settings.
  3. Verify the Use proxy server for your LAN checkbox is not selected.
  4. Click OK and select the Advanced tab.
  5. Click Reset.
  6. Retry your McAfee installation.
If the issue persists, contact Technical Support at: https://service.mcafee.com/ContactTechnicalSupport.aspx?sg=TS&pt=1.

If you are attempting to upgrade your existing McAfee software, your computer is still protected by the currently installed version. This issue affects only new installations. 


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