Repair Windows Installer Service in Vista (All Versions)

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by The CAT, Oct 3, 2007.

  1. The CAT

    The CAT Guest

    For all those unfortunate souls searching and Googling for how to repair the
    Windows Installer Service, I have some info for you. A couple days ago I
    tried to uninstall one of my apps and stalled on an error "Windows Installer
    Service cannot be accessed". After many trials and errors trying to fix this
    issue, I stumbled upon a new fix for this issue that has worked in all these
    situations where the Windows Installer Service will not manually start and in
    essense, not allow install or uninstall tasks to complete.

    Here's the easy steps:
    1. Go to a Windows Vista (Any Version) computer that has the Windows
    Installer service running correctly and run regedit(Start-Run-Regedit)
    2. Go to the location
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\msiserver
    3. Right click on this key and select "Export" and save the key to a Flash
    Drive or other.
    4. Run sfc /scannow on the damaged Vista computer - you won't need the
    install disk as it goes to backup files on your HD. Do not reboot when
    complete
    5. Double click saved .reg file from working machine and import registry
    settings into damaged Vista computer.
    6. Now reboot and try to install/uninstall

    If many of you have success with this method, please post this fix around
    the WWW as I went through over 1000 links with users having the same problem
    and not being able to solve it. Shame on Microsoft, very sloppy. It would
    have been so nice if Microsoft released Windows Installer 4.0 as a standalone
    installation with Vista's release so I could have repaired it, most users
    have been doing fresh installs to fix this. Get your act together
    Microsoft!!!!

    The CAT
     
    The CAT, Oct 3, 2007
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    optigang Guest

    I dont know other people using Vista system, most of the people i know
    changed back for XP because Vist is really the worst of all systems. i want
    to try with repairing windows installer, how can i do? is really there no
    chance to install the windows installer service online for example?? Please
    help, i cant install any programm anymore because of this!
     
    optigang, Jan 3, 2008
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  3. The CAT

    Glenhitch Guest

    "The CAT" suggestions worked for me. Thanks for sharing "The
    CAT" .....just to add (more like subtract to be exact) one need only
    run the exported reg key on the damaged machine to "fix" the
    issue...no need to restart nor to run the sfc /scannow.


    If you cant get your own reg key from a friend running vista, then you
    could try and use the "clean reg key I used" download here:
    http://www.savefile.com/files/1315653

    Note the file is about very small (about 6.7 kb), I named it :123.reg

    Take care.
     
    Glenhitch, Jan 13, 2008
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    system001 Guest

    :party:this worked great. however i do not know if this is the case for
    everyone, but just encase here goes. i started with checking the
    windows installer service and trying to start it and set it back to
    automatic. no luck. went to google to find solution, found your post.
    followed your instructions. tried to install o@o defrag again same
    message. went back into services to see with your fix if i could start
    the service this time, and set it back to automatic, worked. so in a
    nutshell you might want to let people know the extra steps if needed
    after your fix. thanks for the help. just got done reinstallking vista
    and almost all of my programs and settings. was not wanting to have to
    start from stratch. thanks again.:party:
     
    system001, Jul 5, 2008
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  5. The CAT

    system001 Guest

    cat / glenhitch,

    i will take the info the two of you have and what i have and upload an
    updated post.
     
    system001, Jul 5, 2008
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  6. The CAT

    PD43 Guest

    Which is dated OCTOBER 3, 2007 - and that person hasn't been back here
    since then.

    So... who do you think you're talking to?
     
    PD43, Jul 5, 2008
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  7. The CAT

    system001 Guest

    *Repair Windows Installer Service in Vista (All Versions)*
    'permalink
    (http://www.vistax64.com/showthread.php?p=768103#post470746

    For all those unfortunate souls searching and Googling for how t
    repair the Windows Installer Service, I have some info for you. A coupl
    days ago I tried to uninstall one of my apps and stalled on an erro
    "Windows Installer Service cannot be accessed". After many trials an
    errors trying to fix this issue I stumbled upon a new fix for this issu
    that has worked in all these situations where the Windows Installe
    Service will not manually start, and in essence not allow install o
    uninstall tasks to complete

    _*Here's_the_easy_steps:*

    1. Go to a Windows Vista*(any version)* computer that has the Window
    Installer service running correctly and ru
    regedit*(start-run-regedit)*
    2. Go to the locatio
    *HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\msiserver
    3. Right click on this key and select "Export" and save the key to
    Flash Drive or other
    4. Double click saved .reg file from working machine and impor
    registry settings into damaged Vista computer
    6. You may need to go back into services after the import and star
    the Windows Installer service and set it to automatic
    7. If you can't get your own reg key from a friend running Vista the
    you could try and use the "clean reg key I used" download here
    *'Free file hosting by Savefile.com
    (http://www.savefile.com/files/1315653)*

    If you have success with this method please post this fix around th
    WWW as I went through over 1000 links with users having the same proble
    and not being able to solve it. Shame on Microsoft, very sloppy. I
    would have been so nice if Microsoft released Windows Installer 4.0 as
    standalone installation with Vista's release so I could have repaire
    it, most users have been doing fresh installs to fix this
    :mad:*_Get_your_act_together_Microsoft!!!!_*:mad

    *The Cat / Glenhitch / System001 : Updated 07/05/2008-3:40 P.M. PS
     
    system001, Jul 5, 2008
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  8. The CAT

    PD43 Guest

    YO! MORON!

    Look at the freaking date of those posts!
     
    PD43, Jul 5, 2008
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    patp1946 Guest




    I tried this solution with your "clean reg key" and the problem was not
    fixed. Services shows installer is started and that it is set to
    automatic. However, if i try to uninstall Adobe Reader for example I get
    that message that the windows installer cannot be accessed. Will I have
    to reinstall Vista Home Premium 32bit to fix this? I can install and
    remove other programs I presume because they don't use the Windows
    Installer.
     
    patp1946, Jul 9, 2008
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  10. The CAT

    system001 Guest

    then please default to cats original post.

    1. Go to a Windows Vista*(any version)* computer that has the Window
    Installer service running correctly and ru
    regedit*(start-run-regedit)*
    2. Go to the locatio
    *HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\msiserver
    3. Right click on this key and select "Export" and save the key to
    Flash Drive or other
    4. Double click saved .reg file from working machine and impor
    registry settings into damaged Vista computer
    6. You may need to go back into services after the import and star
    the Windows Installer service and set it to automatic
    7. You may need to restart the machine and then try an install o
    uninstall and check that the service did start and that it is set t
    automatic

    i did not try the .reg key download
    i got my copy of the key from my roommates computer
     
    system001, Jul 10, 2008
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  11. The CAT

    mjappleton Guest

    This solution didn't work for me. I did all the steps and replaced
    the
    registry key, but nothing happened, i kept getting the same error.

    I have the problem kinda pinpointed though: at least in my case, it's
    caused by one of the windows updates - i haven't figured out which
    one
    yet though. My next step will be install the updates one by one to
    figure out which one is messing the whole thing up, but that takes a
    lot of time :(


    The weird thing is, with so many people complaining about it, howcome
    haven't they issued a report about it yet... I'm seriously thinkin
    bout going back to XP :(
     
    mjappleton, Aug 17, 2008
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  12. You must have UAC on to install or uninstall Adobe/Acrobat products

    cheers

    Daniel
     
    daniellouwrens, Aug 18, 2008
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  13. The CAT

    mosbakk123 Guest

    this did not work for me:S
    i followed all the steps and when i tryed to start the windows
    installer i get the same as i did before: the service windows installer
    started and stopped again some services stopps when its not in use of
    some program...
    srry for my bad english and i tryed to translate from norwegian hope u
    can help me xD
    thanks:D
     
    mosbakk123, Nov 17, 2009
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  14. The CAT

    lacolocho Guest

    Those links for the reg files are no longer working

    Can someone please upload a clean copy of that reg file

    Thanks
     
    lacolocho, Jan 25, 2010
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