In some instances, when installing ArcGIS Desktop on a local machine using Microsoft Windows as the operating system, the installation fails, returning the following error message:
Error: ESRIRegistrationMgr: <TimeStamp>: Fatal error: Could not load ArcGISVersion
The Windows Universal C Runtime (CRT) required for the installer is not available on the machine, and is not updated automatically in Windows Update.
To resolve the error, refer to Microsoft Support: Update for Universal C Runtime in Windows to install the CRT update on the machine. Once the update is installed, proceed with the installation and authorization of ArcGIS Desktop on the machine by referring to ArcMap: Installing ArcGIS Desktop on your computer and ArcMap: Authorizing ArcGIS single use products and features.