Windows Installer Service: not correctly installed (Vista)

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Gilles Ser, Nov 4, 2007.

  1. Gilles Ser

    Gilles Ser Guest

    Hi,
    I re-installed Win XP on a 1st partition.
    The dual boot need to be re-installed after that...
    Now, when I load Vista, I don't get the desktop anymore.
    When trying to open regedit I get the message: specified path does not exist
    (?).
    Also when trying to open some programs I get the message: Windows Installer
    Servie is not correctly installed.

    Could I get some help please on this problem?

    Thanks in advance,

    Regards,

    Gilles
     
    Gilles Ser, Nov 4, 2007
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    Rick Rogers Guest

    Hi,

    How did you reinstall the dual boot? Please list the steps that you took.
     
    Rick Rogers, Nov 4, 2007
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  3. Gilles Ser

    Gilles Ser Guest

    Hello,

    thanks for quick reaction!
    What I did/happened was the following:

    I had only Win XP Home on my Dell machine.
    I was impressed by Vista, that I installed on a new created partition (made
    w/ Partition Magic).
    After the installation of Vista, a boot menu gave me the choice which OS to
    start.

    I re-installed XP, first by deleting the partion and than by booting w/ the
    installation CD of Win XP Home.

    When re-booting after the re-install of Win XP, the bootmenu was gone so I
    could not longer start up Vista.

    I used the program VistaBootPro for re-creating the boot menu...First,
    however, I tried the repair function via booting via the Vista Install DVD...

    I succeeded creating the boot menu. I manage to start Vista but when it
    loads it get the message "preparing your desktop", which lasts for a while. I
    end up with an empty desktop.
    When trying to fix or to open programs, I get an error message stating that
    the Windows installer is corrup or not installed. Another message that I
    received when trying to open regedit is that the path thereto is not valid,
    although it should be...

    I think that all these problems are linked to one issue...but I do not know
    the solution...

    I wouldbe gratefull if you could help me...

    Thanks in advance,

    Regards,

    Gilles Serruys
     
    Gilles Ser, Nov 4, 2007
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    Rick Rogers Guest

    Hi,

    Can you access an elevated command prompt and run "bcdedit /enum"?
    Copy/paste the results into a response.

    Also, when you attempted to do a startup repair with the Vista DVD, were you
    successful?
     
    Rick Rogers, Nov 4, 2007
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  5. Gilles Ser

    Gilles Ser Guest

    Hello Rick,

    I can not execute anything via the run command...
    I can load the explorer via task manager/new task...but it is temporary
    profile that is loaded. No program can be recognised (I can for example not
    load Office 2007 programs), nor execute regedit...
    I think I has something to do w/ the MBR file, can it be?

    Regards,

    Gilles
     
    Gilles Ser, Nov 6, 2007
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    JimH Guest

    Hi,
    Check BOOT.INI to see if VISTA is in Section 2 of partition 2. I saw
    something in a MS KB article about these kind of problems happening after an
    OS is installed in blank disc space ahead of VISTA's partition.
    Jim H.
     
    JimH, Nov 21, 2007
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  7. yes
     
    James Matthews, Nov 25, 2007
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