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Missing [msiexec.exe] File


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#1 Oknilp

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 11:28 PM

Hello anyone,

I am new here and this is my first question to the forum. First I would like to thank everyone that offers help ahead a of time as your time is greatly appreciated.

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running xp-home edition my [admin\services\windows installer] is completely missing. i had got an error message, but was not able to locate the [msiexec.exe] file needed to execute installation\uninstalltions requiring the windows installer program. I have a backup file on [disk] and [C:\>...backup] however considering the type of function the [msiexc.exe] windows installer does i run into problems trying to [run> msiexec.exe]

Also get the error [scrip host access is disabled on this machine. Contact administrator for details - windows script host], this i assume is related to the [msiexec.exe missing file?]

Any suggestions as to how i can install the [C:\winnt\system32\msiexec.exe (missing file)?] I am expert reg-edit savvy pretty much use registry programs to keep registry maintained, but i can follow directions if anyone knows the procedure to fix my problem.

thanks you for your help its greatly appreciated - hope i explained the problem enough - thanks again

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 08:09 AM

I'm not real familiar with the functions of msiexec.exe, but wonder if there's some malware involved here. Try a couple of these free, online scans (just in case something has slipped by your current protection) while waiting for someone with more knowledge to respond:

(Be advised that some of these scanners will pickup things in "quarantine" from other anti-virus programs - so review the results carefully)

http://housecall.trendmicro.com
http://www.pandasecurity.com/homeusers/solutions/activescan/
http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner Scan Only - no removal
http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html
http://support.f-secure.com/enu/home/ols.shtml
http://us.mcafee.com/root/mfs/default.asp
http://onlinescan.avast.com/
http://ca.com/us/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx
http://www.eset.com/onlinescan/

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 02:27 PM

Thanks ~ "",

being new, wasn't sure what you go by (user name or other)? I will look back through some posts to find out which you go by. Sure appreciate your efforts on this problem. I may have to go to Microsoft and/or Tech Net and search the Microsoft Knowledge Base files to fix this? It would be good to find out how & why this happened. Getting ready to see if I can figure anything out from the links you provided. Thanks again

I will try to post the fix when I find one, but still hoping someone might know how I can reinstall the windows installer program [msiexec.exe] It runs & needs its own program to install its self. Always something on these "bleeping computers" if we didn't encounter problems from time to time our computer learning experience would become far less challenging, then where would we be? Doing all the other challenging things we enjoy doing? Its a toss up just depends on how long it takes to solve the problem that makes it interesting...

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 03:43 PM

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315353
Repair/Reinstall Installer

Edited by garmanma, 21 June 2008 - 03:44 PM.

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