How to make Windows Installer work in Safe Mode

Windows Installer will not work under Safe Mode, this means that programs cannot be installed or uninstalled in safe mode without giving a specific command using msiexec in command prompt. If you try to uninstall programs in Safe Mode, you may receive the following message:

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.

This post will tell you how to make Windows Installer work in Safe Mode.

Make Windows Installer work in Safe Mode

To make windows installer to work under safe mode you need to create a registry entry for every type of safe mode you are login into:

Safe Mode:

Type this in a command prompt and hit Enter:

REG ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot\Minimal\MSIServer" /VE /T REG_SZ /F /D "Service"

Then start the Windows Installer service by typing net start msiserver

Safe Mode with Network:

Type this in a command prompt and hit Enter:

REG ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot\Network\MSIServer" /VE /T REG_SZ /F /D "Service"

Then start the Windows Installer service by typing net start msiserver.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.