How to fix Windows Installer Service could not be accessed error?

Services play a crucial role in the Windows operating system, quietly working behind the scenes to manage various tasks. These background processes handle everything from network connectivity to printing and software installation. Without services, our computers would be far less functional. One such essential service is the Windows Installer Service.

Windows Installer Service helps you install, maintain, and remove software applications. When you install a new application, it uses this service to copy files to the relevant locations, create registry entries, and manage dependencies. In essence, it serves as a link between you and the software you wish to install.

Despite its significance, a strange obstacle that some users run into is the “Windows Installer Service could not be accessed” error. This notification appears when users try to install or update a program. But what is the root of this?

Potential causes of the error

  • Service disruption
  • Permissions problems
  • Registry issues
  • Corrupted files
  • Malware or third-party software

Resolving the Windows Installer Service could not be accessed error

Because the reasons for the error may vary, so may the solutions; as a result, you might have to try several of them before you reach one that works for you.

First of all, the most logical step is to ensure that the Windows Installer service is running and set to Automatic startup. If that does not work, you can try several other things, including running SFC/DISM scans, checking the system for malware, checking service dependencies, and more.

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How to fix Windows Installer Service could not be accessed error?

Fix 1. Restart the Windows Installer Service

Restarting the Windows Installer Service can resolve issues by reinitializing the service, ensuring it runs correctly.

  • Type Services in Windows search and press Enter.
  • Scroll down to find Windows Installer Service.
  • If the service is already running, right-click and select Restart.
  • If the service is not running, right-click and select Start.
  • Click Apply and OK.

Check Installer service

Fix 2. Re-register the Windows Installer Service

Re-registering the service ensures that the system can properly locate and utilize the installer.

  • Type cmd in Windows search.
  • Right-click on Command Prompt and pick Run as administrator.
  • When User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  • Type in each of these commands, pressing Enter every time:
    %windir%system32msiexec.exe /unregister
    %windir%system32msiexec.exe /regserver
    %windir%syswow64msiexec.exe /unregister
    %windir%syswow64msiexec.exe /regserver
  • Restart your PC.


If you are using older computer with Windows 32-bit versions OS, use the following command instead:

  • In Command Prompt, type the following and press Enter:
    msiexec /unregister
    msiexec /regserver
  • Restart your PC.

Fix 3. Repair system files

Running the SFC and DISM can repair corrupted system files that might be causing the error.

  • Open Command Prompt as administrator.
  • Type this command and press Enter:
    sfc /scannow
  • Wait for the scan to finish.
  • As soon as the scan finishes, Windows will report whether integrity violations were found and if they could be fixed. Regardless of the outcome, use these commands next, pressing Enter after each:
    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  • Close down the Command Prompt and restart your computer.


Fix 4. Update Windows

Updating Windows can fix bugs and issues related to system services.

  • Type Updates in Windows search and hit Enter.
  • In the new window, click Check for updates.
  • If optional updates are available, install them as well.
  • When all the update processes are complete, restart your device.

Install Windows updates

Fix 5. Scan for malware

Malware can interfere with system services, so scanning and removing any infections can help. You can use any reliable third-party security software, employ Microsoft Security Scanner, or Windows Defender:

  • Type Windows Security in the Windows search bar and hit Enter.
  • Select Virus & threat protection.
  • Pick Scan options.
  • Choose Microsoft Defender Offline scan and click Scan now.
  • Your computer will immediately reboot and begin a deep scan.

Install Windows updates

Fix 6. Adjust permissions in the registry

Correcting registry permissions can ensure the installer service has the necessary access.

  • Type regedit in Windows search and press Enter to open the Registry Editor.
  • When UAC shows up, click Yes.
  • Navigate to the following location:
  • Right-click on MSIServer and select Permissions.
  • Ensure that the SYSTEM has Full Control and click OK.

Check permissions

Fix 7. Clean boot your computer

Performing a clean boot can eliminate software conflicts that might be causing the error.

  • Type msconfig inWindows Search and press Enter to open the System Configuration window.
  • Click on the Services tab and check the Hide all Microsoft Services box.
  • Click Disable all to disable non-Microsoft services, then click the Startup tab.
  • Open the Task Manager, disable all startup items, and close the Task Manager.
  • Go to the Boot tab and mark the Safe boot option.
  • Click OK on the System Configuration window and restart your computer.
  • If the problem does not exist, third-party software is at fault. To determine which app is causing it try enabling half of the available programs, restarting, and checking if the the problem is still absent. Continue till you find the offending software and either update or uninstall it.

Clean Boot

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