Windows Installer Won’t Leave Me Alone!

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by godlydamian, Mar 5, 2007.

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    godlydamian Guest

    I just got a new laptop with windows vista home premium installed on
    it and for about the past week about every hour windows installer
    starts running in the background and installs something and i have no
    clue what its running off of or what its reinstalling or anything.

    It’s not specific for a program because it happens randomly, i could
    be listening to music across the room and all of a sudden i will look
    over and the installer will be up. The only thing consistent about it
    is it always starts after i turn my computer on, whether it be from
    hibernation, sleep, or shut off.

    Please help me! Its driving me nuts and interrupting everything i do!!
    godlydamian, Mar 5, 2007
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    Chad Harris Guest

    I would try three things here:

    1) Run SFC from an elevated command prompt. Type cmd above search and right
    click it when it pops up. At the prompt type "sfc /scannow" without the
    quotes. This is to scan thousands of files and .dlls and to replace bad ones
    with intact ones.

    2) Use the MSKB that fixes the Windows Installer aka the MSI--it can do so
    even when you don't have the error that names the MSKB--I know it is titled
    for XP but MSFT seems to want to take about three years to update them for
    Vista--I'd say when the Beta for Blackcomb/Vienna starts, they'll get around
    to thinking about updating the MSKBs that apply from XP for Vista.

    "Error 1719: The Windows Installer service could not be accessed" error
    message when you try to add or remove a program (don't pay any attention to
    the title just do the steps in Method 1 or if necessary Method 2):

    3) Do a Startup repair this way/and if it does not remedy this, use F8

    If you have a Vista DVD, you can try the Recovery link that allows you to
    use Win RE's Startup Repair or if no joy, System Restore from there which
    sometimes works when F8's Safe Mode>System Restore options (all 4 should be
    tried) won't.

    You can run Startup Repair by putting your Vista DVD in after the
    language screen in setup. You can also run System Restore from the same

    You run the startup repair tool this way (and system restore from here is
    also sometimes effective):

    How To Run Startup Repair In Vista Ultimate (Multiple Screenshots)

    Note The computer must be configured to start from a CD or from a DVD. For
    information about how to configure the computer to start from a CD or from a
    DVD, see the information that came with the computer.
    2. Restart the computer. To do this, click Start, click the arrow next to
    the Lock button, and then click Restart.

    This usually means that you enter bios setup by whatever key or keys
    (sometimes there is more than one key that will do it for your model--go to
    pc manufacturer site) and configure CD to be first in the boot order.

    See for ref:
    Access/Enter Motherboard BIOS

    Note If you cannot restart the computer by using this method, use the power
    button to turn off the computer. Then, turn the computer back on.

    3. Set your language preference, and then click Next.

    Note In most cases, the startup repair process starts automatically, and you
    do not have the option to select it in the System Recovery Options menu.

    4. Click Repair your computer.

    5. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click the operating system
    that you want to repair, and then click Next.

    6. In the System Recovery Options menu, click Startup Repair to start the
    repair process.

    7. When the repair process is complete, click Finish.

    Additional References for Startup Repair With Screenshots:

    How to Use Startup Repair:

    ***Accessing Windows RE (Repair Environment):***

    1) Insert Media into PC (the DVD you burned)

    2) ***You will see on the Vista logo setup screen after lang. options in the
    lower left corner, a link called "System Recovery Options."***

    Screenshot: System Recovery Options (Lower Left Link)

    Screenshot: (Click first option "Startup Repair"

    How To Run Startup Repair In Vista Ultimate (Multiple Screenshots)

    3) Select your OS for repair.

    4) Its been my experience that you can see some causes of the crash from
    theWin RE feature:

    You'll have a choice there of using:

    1) Startup Repair
    2) System Restore
    3) Complete PC Restore

    You could also:

    Try to F8 to the Windows Adv Options Menu>try 3 safe modes there (I don't
    use WGA) and Last Known Good>then I go to Win RE in Vista. That gives you a
    choice of Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking,and Safe Mode with Command

    These methods are outlined in

    A description of the Safe Mode Boot options in Windows XP/and Vista

    You will need this reference:

    How to start the System Restore tool at a command prompt in Windows XP

    The command to use for system restore at the safe mode cmd prompt is:


    The reason for doing this is one of these choices may work, when the other
    doesn't. My experience is that people do not fully try F8 when they think
    or have said they have. It is that they can almost always reach Windows
    Advanced Options though.

    Good luck,

    Chad Harris, Mar 5, 2007
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