I'm running Vista Home Premium on my PC. I tried to install a game (Bioshock) and at the very beginning of the setup, my computer blue-screened...
When I restarted my computer, a number of programs that I have set to run at startup crashed (including Skype, MSN Messenger, iTunes, Bitcomet, and even Windows Media Player)!
I tried to install the game again, and the same blue screen appeared. After another restart, all programs crashed again...
Also when I'm trying to start them manually, I got the following message: "Windows Installer Service could not be accessed".
I found an article on Microsoft support: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315346.
Went through method 1. This did not solve the problem. However, when I tried to install Bioshock, I only got an error message (the setup never got started like before, but on the plus side I did not get another blue-screen).
Next I tried method 2, but when I completed point 3, cmd only said "file not found - dllcache".
Following advice given on an other forum I went to Add/remove programs to see if windows installer was actually there. And, guess what... It was not. So I downloaded Windows Installer, but when I tried to install it, I got the following error: "Not enough storage is available to process this command." I have about 200 GB of free space on my hard disk and 2 GB of RAM, so that seemed pretty strange to me.
Lastly, I downloaded windows installer cleanup, but when trying to install it, I got the same old error message "Windows installer could not be accessed."
I would really appreciate any help as this problem is driving me crazy.
Go to My Computer, Right click, click on manage
New window opens
In left look for Services, click to open
In right go down to Windows Installer
In drop down bar make the Service Automatic, close
In right pane of window click on Start to start this service.
Windows Installer is now started & will work when you need it to
Hello. Had similar issue with a client running Windows XP SP2 and pretty much worked through suggestions here to no avail.
What eventually got it working.
Under Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Services
Right click on the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Service
Select Log In Tab
Select Log As "Local System account" and tick "Allow service to interact with desktop"
You'll get a message that settings wont take effect until you restart the service. To do this you'll need to reboot your PC.
After reboot installer service seems to behave itself again.
Took me 2 hours to find this so hopefully my pain will save someone some time.
I had the same problem on my Windows XP Media Center - tried many of the suggestions above and nothing worked. Finally found a suggestion at Microsoft's website to do this and it worked!
Method 1: Unregister and re-register the Windows Installer
Click Start, click Run, type MSIEXEC /UNREGISTER, and then click OK. Even if you do this correctly, it may look like nothing occurs.
Click Start, click Run, type MSIEXEC /REGSERVER, and then click OK. Even if you do this correctly, it may look like nothing occurs, or you may briefly see an hourglass. After you run this command, the operation is complete.
Try your Windows Installer-based application again.
Working on husband PC since this AM. After tying all that I read, calling HP and Microsoft, no support, I am so glad I found this forum. What finally wokred for me. PC is a HP laptop, OS XP SP3.
1. Click Start-->Run-->type services.msc press Enter
in the Service window select Server.
if its stopped please start it and if its running please restart the service. I stopped it and strted it again.
2. Then went to Windows Installer previously changed to automatic from manual and also checked under logon tab "Allow service to interact with desktop". Previously tried to start services, would not start.
After I stopped and started the local server, I was able to start the window installer services and then install all my software.
I have tried almost all the methods suggested and all in vain. VISTA is a total freaking OE. Almost everything hang.
Add and Remove Applications
Internet Explorer - No display.
Window Mail - No images or pictures display.
VISTA is a waste of resources, money, efforts and time.
the same thing is happenin to me.. im using xp. I was trying to uninstall eset security but failed. so I removed the folder but the file is still in my programs and features. can't remove it. tried all registry 'mechanics'. cant even use windows clean up utility
delete all temp files under C:\Documents and Settings\ahr\Local Settings\Temporary internet files and C:\Documents and Settings\ahr\Local Settings\Temporary internet files, where "ahr" is your user account in windows
this may solve your problem