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I found the following on msdn.com
Here is a complete set of steps that should allow you to repair the Windows Installer service on a 64-bit OS:
Click on the Start menu, choose Run, type cmd and click OK
Run %windir%\system32\msiexec.exe /unregister
Run %windir%\syswow64\msiexec.exe /unregister
Run %windir%\system32\msiexec.exe /regserver
Run %windir%\syswow64\msiexec.exe /regserver
Restart the computer
After executing all of the above steps, you can try to re-run the failing setup and hopefully get better results.
and also this:
here is the solution when everying else fails:
I suddenly became unable to install some applications. Whenever I would try,
I would get the following:
"Error 1719. The Windows Installer Service could not be accessed. This can
occur if you are running Windows in safe mode, or if the Windows Installer is
not correctly installed. ..."
The solutions I found in the MS KB were not effective for me.
The paths I use assume that Windows is installed in the C:\WINDOWS folder. Change the
path to match your installation if necessary.
In Registry Editor, navigate to:
then change the DisplayName value to:
Close registry editor, then register the installer by opening a command
prompt and running:
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