Windows Installer Service could not be access

JudySis - Feb 13, 2008 at 05:22 AM
 nicki - Jan 14, 2013 at 05:30 AM
Hi, all!

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:

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.

Thanks a lot,

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Okay, so everyone who think this is a virus or something that comes after a long time is wrong. I formatted my harddrive yesterday, installed itunes, firefox and photoshop. When I tried to install msn, it didnt work. Now, nothing works. Ive tried everything u guys have posted here but still nothing works. Just got back after my 5th reboot in 3h so Id be happy to find something new.. Running XP and installed all updates recently
hello guys before you do anything try this link.
this will give you four different methode to tackle the problem.
I spent hours to find it.
dont miss it.
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
Double click
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

Thank you Jenjen! I knew it had to be something simple since this is a new laptop and I have installed a limited number of programs, mostly business.
Works for me!
Thanks again!

i went to the computer management and I clickt the star buttom but I get the error message :
Could not start the windows installer service on local computer
Error 3 : the system cannot find the path specified

i installed before Registery mechanic , did the run but nothing changes
i can still not remove are install a program

do you have a idea

greets dirk
hey jen jen,
I did the steps but the computer is saying could not start windows installer service...error over lapped I/O opperations in there anything else I could do...thanks

Thank you so much for this. It was driving me CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Keep up the good work.
IMPULSE > dirk
Apr 22, 2009 at 11:16 AM
This is so annoying I've basically tried everything above and this still wont let me add/remove programmes, still getting the annoying error message. Im also having problems with Internet Explorer which I am relatiing it to. Is there anyone like me still trying?

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I tried all those methods, but the one that worked was to install the 4.5 version of windows installer for whatever system you have. Perfect. After you install it should automatcally reboot and be fine.
This is what I did
1. right click at my computer at desktop click Manage
2. go to Computer Management / Services an Applications / Services
3. at the right frame, Double clicks at Window installer
4. at General drop down Startup type : Manual
5. at Log On choose Local System account and tick the box Allow service to interact with desktop
6. Click Apply
7. go back to General again click start
8. done
1 Log on to your computer as an administrator.
2 Click Start, and then click Run.
3 In the Open box, type cmd, and then click OK.
4 At the command prompt, typemsiexec.exe /unregister, and then press ENTER.
5 Type msiexec /regserver, and then press ENTER.
6 Verify that the SYSTEM account has full control access permissions to the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT hive in the Windows registry. In some cases, you may also have to add Administrator accounts. To do so:Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows

go to for ifo!!!! ok!!! you need Windows installer to do it if you

do not have it download it ok!!!!!!!
Thanks so much,Jason ! .. I tried your method & it works perfectly ...
This is what worked for me I have XP
1. Open Run, and type in services.msc then press Enter. Alternatively, go to Control Panel -> Administrator Tools -> Services.
2. Locate Windows Installer in the all install services listing.
3. Verify that the Status is Started. If the Status column is blank, right click on Windows Installer and select Start.
4. If you get error trying to force start the Windows Installer service, try to change the Startup Type to Automatic (default is Manual), and then restart the computer.

The above steps can also be performed via MSConfig to set Windows Installer service to auto start on boot up.
jaosn's trick worked for me thanks jason :)

I've been going NUTS for the past week trying to sort this out, thank you sooo much!!!
I have every little thing, but nothing worked, One thing I dint try is the DCOM Permissions, if any one has tried that reply this
Hi guys, I have had this problem for awhile never been able to fix it. Many great solutions here but none of them worked for my OS. Today is a HAPPY DAY!!!!!! I finally found one that works for Vista 64 is the link, method 1 worked for me like a charm... free at last....whew!
After spending a week on this issue, the only thing that worked for me was downloading this file from another
site.It was a Registry entry and I could not believe that something so simple did the trick for me.

The file was named: MSICUU.
I had the same problem, so I tried turning off Kaspersky. It worked fine after that.
After I ran ComboFix (to see if I had and then cleanup any malware or other nasty stuff) on my Windows 2000 Pro computer:

1. Add/Remove Programs (accessed thru Control Panel) stopped working (blank window no programs were listed to add or remove).

To fix I d/l'd, installed and ran Dial-A-Fix program.

2. Windows Automatic Updates stopped working.

To fix I followed instructions by "plodr" in this linked thread:

These solutions found after much searching. Hope this will save others some time and trouble.
Good Grief, I forgot to add in previous post that this was related to having trouble trying to install programs also after running ComboFix using Windows Installer (*.msi) which is the subject of this thread. With Windows all this stuff seems to be intertwined...
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