How can I fix a Windows installer problem on my laptop?

Victor Young August 20, 2010
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When I try to install a program on my Toshiba laptop (Windows Vista), an error message comes up saying “the windows installer service could not be accessed, this can occur if you are running Windows in safe mode or the Windows installer is not properly installed.”

And I do not run Windows in safe mode. I never experienced this problem before until now. Please, I need help, it is driving me crazy!

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  1. Demetrius89ellis
    October 31, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    my labtop wont even cut on properly,..it says "to install windows restart your computer.,but that all it says...and sometimes it will say setup is being process but never comes on.I NEED HELP>!

  2. Aibek
    September 5, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Hey Victor,

    Didi you find the above tips helpful when dealing with your problem? Does the issue still persist?

    Aibek

  3. Anonymous
    August 25, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    *Right-click on the desktop and create a new text document
    *Copy and paste the following words to the text document

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesmsiserver]
    "DisplayName"="@%SystemRoot%\system32\msimsg.dll,-27"
    "ImagePath"=hex(2):25,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,72,00,6f,00,6f,00,
    74,00,25,00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,6d,
    00,73,00,69,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,63,00,20,00,2f,00,56,00,00,00
    "Description"="@%SystemRoot%\system32\msimsg.dll,-32"
    "ObjectName"="LocalSystem"
    "ErrorControl"=dword:00000001
    "Start"=dword:00000003
    "Type"=dword:00000010
    "DependOnService"=hex(7):72,00,70,00,63,00,73,00,73,00,00,00,00,00
    "ServiceSidType"=dword:00000001
    "RequiredPrivileges"=hex(7):53,00,65,00,54,00,63,00,62,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,76,
    00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,43,00,72,00,65,00,61,00,
    74,00,65,00,50,00,61,00,67,00,65,00,66,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,50,00,72,00,69,
    00,76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,4c,00,6f,00,63,00,
    6b,00,4d,00,65,00,6d,00,6f,00,72,00,79,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,69,00,6c,
    00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,49,00,6e,00,63,00,72,00,65,00,61,00,
    73,00,65,00,42,00,61,00,73,00,65,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,6f,00,72,00,69,00,74,
    00,79,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,00,53,00,
    65,00,43,00,72,00,65,00,61,00,74,00,65,00,50,00,65,00,72,00,6d,00,61,00,6e,
    00,65,00,6e,00,74,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,
    00,00,53,00,65,00,41,00,75,00,64,00,69,00,74,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,69,
    00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,53,00,65,00,63,00,75,00,72,00,
    69,00,74,00,79,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,
    00,53,00,65,00,43,00,68,00,61,00,6e,00,67,00,65,00,4e,00,6f,00,74,00,69,00,
    66,00,79,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,00,53,
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    6c,00,65,00,50,00,72,00,6f,00,63,00,65,00,73,00,73,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,76,
    00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,49,00,6d,00,70,00,65,00,
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    00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,43,00,72,00,65,00,61,00,74,00,65,00,
    47,00,6c,00,6f,00,62,00,61,00,6c,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,
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    00,69,00,76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,52,00,65,00,
    73,00,74,00,6f,00,72,00,65,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,
    00,65,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,49,00,6e,00,63,00,72,00,65,00,61,00,73,00,65,00,
    51,00,75,00,6f,00,74,00,61,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,
    00,65,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,53,00,68,00,75,00,74,00,64,00,6f,00,77,00,6e,00,
    50,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,54,
    00,61,00,6b,00,65,00,4f,00,77,00,6e,00,65,00,72,00,73,00,68,00,69,00,70,00,
    50,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,4c,
    00,6f,00,61,00,64,00,44,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,65,00,72,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,
    76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,00,00,00
    "FailureActions"=hex:84,03,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,03,00,00,00,14,00,00,
    00,01,00,00,00,c0,d4,01,00,01,00,00,00,e0,93,04,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesmsiserverEnum]
    "0"="Root\LEGACY_MSISERVER000"
    "Count"=dword:00000001
    "NextInstance"=dword:00000001

    Save it as WIndowsInstaller.reg and click ok. Then click on the reg file and restart again the pc.

  4. Artur Wrona
    August 21, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Hi. Either your Windows installer service is not running, or your system is misconfigured. Should be easy fix.

    1. Press Win+R together to launch run dialog and type in 'services.msc' Check on the list of services installed on the computer if Windows Installer Service is running.

    If not, turn it on (Automatic startup not necessary to have it working properly) and then go to "Log On" tab in the Properties page of the Windows Installer Service. Make sure that "Allow Service to interact with desktop" is ticked.

    That hopefully will fix it.
    Take care!

    • Zia
      December 11, 2011 at 5:27 am

      Thanx..... Very helpful