Windows Installer Service on local computer started and then stopped

This is for WinXP and Server 2003, although it may well work with other versions of Windows as well.

While trying to remove a piece of software I was informed that the Windows Installer service wasn’t running. When I checked on the service, sure enough, it wasn’t. So I tried to start it manually and got the following error message:

“Windows Installer Service on local computer started and then stopped”

 

A reboot did not resolve the issue, so after some Google searching on the error I came across this resolution that worked for me:

 

You may try to reregister Windows Installer and check if the issue reappears. To do this, follow these steps:

a. On the Start > Run box, type “msiexec /unreg”, and then press ENTER.

b. Then type “msiexec /regserver”, and then press ENTER.

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