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Windows Installer Service Could Not be Accessed

A lot of users experienced Windows Installer Service Could not be accessed error when they tried to install new application in their Windows system. This error message appears on computer screen while trying to install new application:

The Windows Installer Service could not be accessed. This can occur if the Windows Installer is not correctly installed. Contact your support personnel for assistance.

Here, we have listed some methods for you to solve Windows Installer Service Could not be accessed issue.

Method 1: Restart Windows Installer Services

  • Press Windows + R to open Run dialog box.
  • Type services.msc and press Enter.
  • Go to Windows Installer service in the Services window, then right-click on it and select Properties.
  • Click on Start if the service is running.

  • If the service was already running then right click on it and select Restart.
  • Check if you are able to install the program.

Method 2: Re-register Microsoft Installer Service

  • Type cmd in the search box and from the results right click on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator.
  • Type the following commands and hit enter after each:

%windir%\system32\msiexec.exe /unregister

%windir%\system32\msiexec.exe /regserver

%windir%\syswow64\msiexec.exe /unregister

%windir%\syswow64\msiexec.exe /regserver

  • Close the Command prompt and restart your computer.

Method 3: Use regsvr32 Command

  • Type cmd in the search box and from the results right click on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator.
  • Type the following command and hit Enter:

enter regsvr32 c:\windows\system32\msi

  • Restart your Computer.
  • Try installing the problematic application and check if the Windows Installer Service Could not be accessed error still persist.

Method 4: Modify RPC Service

  • Press Windows + R to open Run dialog box.
  • Type services.msc and press Enter.

  • Navigate to Remote Procedure Call (RPC).

  • Right click on it and select properties.
  • In Log On tab check the box next to Local System account and Allow service to interact with desktop.
  • Restart your system and check if the error is gone.
  • If not, then again open RPC properties and go to Log On tab.
  • Select This account and click on Browse and type Network Services.

  • Click OK.
  • The Password will be generated automatically, don’t change it.
  • If you can’t find Network service then use the following address:

NT Authority\NetworkService

Reboot your PC and check if you are able to solve Windows Installer Service Could not be accessed error.

Method 5: Reset Microsoft Installer Service

  • It is recommended to backup your registry before proceeding with this method.
  • Open notepad.
  • Paste the following codes in the notepad:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\msiserver]

“DisplayName”=”@%SystemRoot%\\system32\\msimsg.dll,-27”

“ImagePath”=hex(2):25,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,72,00,6f,00,6f,00,\

 74,00,25,00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,6d,\

 00,73,00,69,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,63,00,20,00,2f,00,56,00,00,00

“Description”=”@%SystemRoot%\\system32\\msimsg.dll,-32”

“ObjectName”=”LocalSystem”

“ErrorControl”=dword:00000001

“Start”=dword:00000003

“Type”=dword:00000010

“DependOnService”=hex(7):72,00,70,00,63,00,73,00,73,00,00,00,00,00

“ServiceSidType”=dword:00000001

“RequiredPrivileges”=hex(7):53,00,65,00,54,00,63,00,62,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,76,\

 00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,43,00,72,00,65,00,61,00,\

 74,00,65,00,50,00,61,00,67,00,65,00,66,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,50,00,72,00,69,\

 00,76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,4c,00,6f,00,63,00,\

 6b,00,4d,00,65,00,6d,00,6f,00,72,00,79,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,69,00,6c,\

 00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,49,00,6e,00,63,00,72,00,65,00,61,00,\

 73,00,65,00,42,00,61,00,73,00,65,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,6f,00,72,00,69,00,74,\

 00,79,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,00,53,00,\

 65,00,43,00,72,00,65,00,61,00,74,00,65,00,50,00,65,00,72,00,6d,00,61,00,6e,\

 00,65,00,6e,00,74,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,\

 00,00,53,00,65,00,41,00,75,00,64,00,69,00,74,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,69,\

 00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,53,00,65,00,63,00,75,00,72,00,\

 69,00,74,00,79,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,\

 00,53,00,65,00,43,00,68,00,61,00,6e,00,67,00,65,00,4e,00,6f,00,74,00,69,00,\

 66,00,79,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,00,53,\

 00,65,00,50,00,72,00,6f,00,66,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,53,00,69,00,6e,00,67,00,\

 6c,00,65,00,50,00,72,00,6f,00,63,00,65,00,73,00,73,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,76,\

 00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,49,00,6d,00,70,00,65,00,\

 72,00,73,00,6f,00,6e,00,61,00,74,00,65,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,69,00,6c,\

 00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,43,00,72,00,65,00,61,00,74,00,65,00,\

 47,00,6c,00,6f,00,62,00,61,00,6c,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,\

 00,67,00,65,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,41,00,73,00,73,00,69,00,67,00,6e,00,50,00,\

 72,00,69,00,6d,00,61,00,72,00,79,00,54,00,6f,00,6b,00,65,00,6e,00,50,00,72,\

 00,69,00,76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,52,00,65,00,\

 73,00,74,00,6f,00,72,00,65,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,\

 00,65,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,49,00,6e,00,63,00,72,00,65,00,61,00,73,00,65,00,\

 51,00,75,00,6f,00,74,00,61,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,\

 00,65,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,53,00,68,00,75,00,74,00,64,00,6f,00,77,00,6e,00,\

 50,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,54,\

 00,61,00,6b,00,65,00,4f,00,77,00,6e,00,65,00,72,00,73,00,68,00,69,00,70,00,\

 50,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,4c,\

 00,6f,00,61,00,64,00,44,00,72,00,69,00,76,00,65,00,72,00,50,00,72,00,69,00,\

 76,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,67,00,65,00,00,00,00,00

“FailureActions”=hex:84,03,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,03,00,00,00,14,00,00,\

 00,01,00,00,00,c0,d4,01,00,01,00,00,00,e0,93,04,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\msiserver\Enum]

“0”=”Root\\LEGACY_MSISERVER\\0000″

“Count”=dword:00000001

“NextInstance”=dword:00000001

  • Click on Files and select Save As.
  • Give this file a name with .reg.
  • For Save as type: select All Files (*.*).

  • Click on Save.
  • Now check if the Windows Installer Service Could not be accessed error is gone.
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By Dr. Joseph H Volker | 2018-09-17T08:05:00+00:00 September 17th, 2018|Applications Issues, Common Errors, Computer Science|0 Comments