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Hey guys

For some reason my Windows Installer is turned off, I tried to manual start it up but I get an error saying "Incorrect command line parameters"

then an error 1053: saying the it didnt respond in time or something

any suggestions?

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Operating system? Where did you try to turn it on?

Any information in Event Viewer that explains why it didn't run?
See if there are any error relating to it in Event Viewer (Run: eventvwr.msc).

Any problems installing programs that use the Windows Installer?

What does it say in the "Path to executable" box in the Windows Installer properties in the Services?
OK. First things first. That path to the executable box should have a /V switch after the msiexec.exe. Is it missing?

Is this the error you are getting?

Secondly, download this Windows Installer Cleanup Utility and install it. But be careful how you use this thing. It only removes registry entries for programs that you have uninstalled or no longer have. Be sure that you don't pick any programs that you still have or you may have problems reinstalling or uninstalling them.
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OK. I managed to duplicate your error. You have a registry error.

Go to Start > Run, and type:

Navigate to:

In the right pane, right-click ImagePath and choose Modify.

In the value box, you should have:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\msiexec.exe /V

It looks like the /V switch was removed from yours somehow (registry cleaner?).

Fix it, close regedit, and start the service.
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OK. Try setting the Windows Installer Service to Automatic (it should be Manual most of the time. It doesn't need to start unless needed), and rebooting.

Check to see if it is running after you reboot. If it is, try installing the cleaner just to see if the installer service is working.
Go to Start > Run, and type:

msiexec.exe /unregister


msiexec.exe /regserver

It will work now. I'll bet you doughnuts!!
Well, at least the installer works. But it looks like you have no place to install.

You probably have no restore points or the installer problem could have used those.

It looks like you have some pretty severe registry damage----possibly too severe to access System Restore.

You could try a repair installation, but those often do not repair registry damage. It's worth a try.

How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade (Reinstallation) of Windows XP

If that doesn't do it, you could try using a registry backup. This article shows how to do those:;en-us;307545

If it were me, I would save all I could and reformat.
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Good. I'm glad that's all it took and that you didn't lose everything.

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