Methods to fix Windows® Installer for Windows® XP®

How do you fix Windows Installer for Windows XP?

Windows Installer is a software component which is used for the installation, maintenance and removal of software from Windows systems. The installation information and frequently the files themselves, are packed in installation packages. Windows Installer consists of important changes from its forerunner, Setup API. The new features comprise of a GUI framework and automatic production of the uninstallation sequence. Windows Installer is a substitute to a stand-alone executable installer framework such as older versions of InstallShield, Wise and NSIS. Microsoft encourages third parties to use Windows Installer as the foundation for installation frameworks, so that they match the new installers and also helps in keeping the internal database of installed products reliable.

Issues and tips to repair Windows Installer for Windows XP are given below:

  • Issues with Windows Installer

  • Causes of issues

  • Tips to solve

Issues with Windows Installer

Windows Installer is not functioning properly, you may not be able to install, repair or uninstall programs on your system. Many programs that need to be installed can improve performance and safety. To make sure that these updates are installed, Windows Installer should be operational. You may receive some errors like “The Windows Installer Service could not be accessed” or “Windows Installer Service couldn't be started” or “Access is denied”.

Causes of issues

The installation or uninstallation process of a program can be unsuccessful for several reasons. Windows Installer engine can be corrupt, installed incorrectly, or disabled due to various reasons. The first reason may be that the installing or updating programs in Windows may not have completed successfully. This happens when the installation media may be unreadable or if the downloaded or copied installation files may be corrupt or if the programs that are currently running on your computer may be interfering with the installation process. Another reason for corruption in Windows Installer may be that the uninstalled programs may not be completely removed.

Tips to repair

First restart the computer in normally. You should then re-register Windows Installer. For this go to the 'Run' option from the Start' menu and enter "%windir%system32" in the Run box and press 'ok' and then enter the position of the 'Msiexec.exe' file, which is a combination of the address and the file name "C:Windowssystem32Msiexec.exe". Once again navigate to Run and enter 'Regedit' and navigate to 'System' in "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE". Under 'System' find 'CurrentControlSet' and then 'Services. Find 'MSIServer' and then right click 'ImagePath' and 'Modify'. Now enter 'Msiexec.exe' along with the address in the 'Value' data box. Close the editor after exiting 'Edit Sting' and restart your system in Safe Mode and again log in and click on 'Start' and then click on "Run". At this time type 'msiexec /regserver' in the box and click 'Ok'. If the operating system is 64-bit, type "%windir%Syswow64Msiexec /regserver" and click 'Ok' and restart your computer. If Windows Installer still isn't installing programs correctly you will have to reinstall Windows Installer.

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