The Windows Installer is a Microsoft service that is responsible for installing softwares as well as uninstalling them. This post focuses more on issues encountered by the Windows installer service and what should be done whenever problems are encountered. If the windows installer service is stopped/damaged you will get an error message saying, “Windows Installer Error 1720 / 1722,” every time you try to install or uninstall a certain software. You need to ensure that windows installer is properly installed in your computer, otherwise you are bound for constant headaches and pains.
Sometimes all you need to do is re-register the windows installer service and everything is fixed. So you might want to try this step first before proceeding to the ultimate solution of the problem.
- Click on the start menu and click on “Run” (XP), or the start search box for Vista and type in “Msiexec /unregister“
- Do the same thing with this command “Msiexec /regserver“
If the solution above did not resolve your problem then you can go ahead and install the latest and stable version of windows installer. Follow steps below.
- Download the latest Windows installer 4.5 from the Microsoft’s website.
- Follow the instructions and download and install the windows installer file according to your system requirements.
- To install windows installer just double click on the downloaded file.
- Once installation is finished, restart your computer.
- After the restart make sure the windows installer service is running. Just go to the start menu and click on “Run” for XP and type in “services.msc” For Vista just use the “start search” box and type in “services.msc“. When you are in the services window look for the windows installer service and make sure that it is started. If not then make sure that the startup type is set to “Automatic” and start the service.
- After doing all the steps, continue installing/uninstalling your software. It should work by now.
- Go to control panel.
- Under Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Services
- Right click on the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Service and click on properties.
- Select Log In Ta
- Select Log As “Local System account” and tick “Allow service to interact with desktop”
- Restart your computer.
If this has resolved your problem, we would greatly appreciate your comment about what software did you have trouble with. So that we will have a data on the applications that are commonly affected by this issue. Currently, this method will fix problems with installing of Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, HP softwares, Dell, Lexmark, Epson, Canon, Camtasia Studio, Avg, Avast, Norton, Symantec. Again let us us know what application you had problem with. Thank you.