How to Solve “Windows Installer not working” in windows 10 PC

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When you are installing an application on your computer, sometimes it pops up with the error like Windows Installer not working. This may happen due to several reasons but it is quite necessary to fix this issue to install any application without any interruption in your computer system.

So today in this article, we will tell you the reasons and also will help you, how you can easily fix Windows Installer Service could not be accessed issue in Windows 10.

Windows Installer is a service in your computer that helps to install the application, features, files, and more things in the Windows operating system. As we know Windows 10 is the newest operating system with all the new features in it.

So before we go through the Troubleshooting of Windows Installer, we should know the reasons, why we are facing this error.

What are the causes of Windows Installer Not working

There can be various reasons for this error but we will tell you the main reasons for this error. With the help of these reasons, you can figure out how to fix it.

When the installer doesn’t get the registry permissions.

When the Windows Installer is not properly installed.

When you don’t have the proper Windows Installer or some files may be corrupt.

When you have not updated the system.

So, the above reasons are the main things that are causing the issue of Windows Installer not working.

Now we will tell you how to fix the error of Windows Installer not working by using our solutions as shown below.

Solution 1: Restart the Windows Installer Service

A user needs to restart the Windows Installer Service. For that, they have to follow these steps.

Step 1: First of all, press the Windows key with to open the run dialogue box and,

Step 2: Then type ‘msiexec‘ in the box and press Enter.

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Step 3: Now if you are facing the error then you need to open it manually by right-clicking on the taskbar and opening the task manager.

Step 4: Now go to the services tab and choose the ‘msiserver’ and start it.

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So this is the way to restart the Windows Installer services, now just check whether Windows Installer is working or not. If you are facing the issues, then we will tell you more methods.

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Solution 2: Start Windows Installer services manually

Here we have got another solution you can solve this issue by installing Windows services manually. Just follow these basic steps to do it.

Step 1: First of all, you have to open the Windows search and then type the keyword ‘services’ and press enter.

Step 2: Then you will get the services option, click on that.

Step 3: Then you have to find the Windows Installer in the list and then check its status.

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Step 4:If it is not running, then right-click on it and tap on the ‘Start’ option.

Once done check for the error of windows installer not working on your computer or working properly.

Solution 3: Check that the earlier version of Windows Installer is installed

It is important to check that the earlier version of windows is installed on your computer. It is a common issue that many users try to install the new Windows installer without uninstalling the old one.

So make sure to uninstall the previous one and install the new Windows Installer on your Windows 10.

You can uninstall the previous one from the Control Panel but it cannot be deleted properly because of its registry entries. So it is better to go with an automatic uninstaller.

Solution 4: Delete the duplicated msiexec file

Step 1. Open Windows File Explorer and go to C drive>Windows>System32.

Step 2. Look for msiexec.exe

Step 3. If you find similar msiexec file with a 0KB file, delete it or rename it msiexec.old

Step 4.Then manually start the Windows Installer through task manager as discussed in solution 1

Then check for the issue of ‘Windows Installer not working’ in your PC.

Start the Program installer and uninstall the troubleshooter

This is a very important thing to start running the program installer and uninstall the troubleshooter because it can help you to remove the issues which you are facing while installation.

This program helps you to remove the corrupted registry keys. After installing the troubleshooter, you have to run it and have to follow the instructions that are showing on the screen. Try to follow this method to solve this issue.

Solution 1: Register the Microsoft Installer Service again

This method can also help you to register the Microsoft Installer Service again. Just follow these steps.

  • Step 1: First of all, you have to press the Windows key to open the run dialogue box.
  • Step 2: Now type ‘cmd’ in the box and press Enter.
  • Step 3: Then you just have to insert command as shown below and hit enter for every command.

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%windir%\system32\msiexec.exe /unregister

%windir%\system32\msiexec.exe /regserver

%windir%\syswow64\msiexec.exe /unregister

%windir%\syswow64\msiexec.exe /regserv

Now just restart your computer and see the problem is solved or not.

Solution 2: Run the SFC and DISM command

This method can solve your problem, you just have to follow these steps.

  • Step 1: First of all, you have to open the Windows search and type ‘cmd’ and press Enter.
  • Step 2: Then right-click on command prompt and then click on ‘Run as Administrator’.
  • Step 3: Now you have to enter the following command in the box and press Enter.

sfc /scannow

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DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

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Now you have to wait until the process completes, then Exit the Window and then restart your PC to work Windows Installer properly and check the issue of ‘windows installer not working’.

Bottom Line

These are the ways to fix the issue of Windows Installer not working. Before implementing any of these methods, you should try to update Windows Installer to solve this issue. All these methods are not tough to use, anyone can do it easily. Still, if you are facing any

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Nagraj is a Owner of Computer Topic is associated with the IT industry for a decade. He is Blogging since 2018, as a way to document all the issues he was troubleshooting while working in IT. He has come with a mission to help users who revolve around the tech issues.