How to Fix a Windows Installer That Keeps Running

by Mikhail Polenin

After you finish installing a program or getting some error while installing one, you exit the Windows Installer service, letting another installer run. Sometimes, the Windows Installer actually does not stop and stays on your computer as a ghost process, not allowing any other program installations to occur. To stop the process, you must search for its process in the Task Manager.

Step 1

Press "Ctrl" + "Shift" + "Esc" on your keyboard to open the Task Manager without any intermediate screen.

Step 2

Click the "Processes" tab.

Scroll down to "msiexec.exe," right-click it and click "End Process." Try running another installer now.


About the Author

Mikhail Polenin has been working with computers since 1997. His experience also expands to astrophysics, masonry, electricity and general appliance repair. He's written about various different subjects regarding astrophysics and electrical circuits for various online publications. Polenin attended the New World School of the Arts and the University of Florida.

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