Windows XP - Error: The Windows Installer Service Could not be Accessed

This document provides a solution to the error message: "Windows Installer Service could not be accessed".

Windows 9x/2000/XP

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When attempting to install software on Windows XP the end-user receives a message that reads:

"The Windows Installer Service could not be accessed. This can occur if you are running Windows in a safe mode, or if the Windows Installer is not correctly installed. Contact your support personnel for assistance."

To resolve the problem:

  1. Log into the computer as an administrator
  2. Click on Start
  3. Select Run
  4. In the "Open:" field, type cmd
  5. Click OK

An MS-DOS Prompt window will come up on the screen with a blinking cursor at the command line. In this window you will need to do the following:

  1. Type msiexec /unregister and press Enter
  2. Type msiexec /regserver and press Enter

After you have run the second command, it will return you to a new line ending with > and a blinking cursor. When you see this, you may safely close the command prompt, and try installing the software again.

Keywords:windows xp installer service could not be accessed   Doc ID:2123
Owner:Brian H.Group:DoIT Help Desk
Created:2003-07-31 19:00 CDTUpdated:2014-07-12 14:54 CDT
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