Originally Posted by niemiro
FAO: niemiro - Reply To Your Post #7
First of all i want to inform you that it was while surfing the Web using Google Search in relation to some issue i was facing some time back i first landed up on a Web page on this Forum and that thread involved specifically you helping out a person whose system registry was widely and badly messed up. It was then that i really admired your specific skills and painstaking and persistent approach in resolving that issue. I had then read that whole thread and kept in my mind that if i ever faced any issues may God hopefully help me through you. So i remembered this forum and posted this specific issue i had now faced on it. And see now you are specifically available there to help me with the msiserver.reg file.
However, even before your post on this present specific issue offering me help with the msiserver.reg file was in my notice on my e-mail address, i had been helped with a similar msiserver.reg file by someone else not on this forum because it was in my mind (as already apparent from my earlier replies to other Posters on this thread that such a msiserver.reg file from a similar system in which the 'Windows Installer Service' works) could help me resolve this issue and i had spread my hands for help for it elsewhere too.
I have to inform you that that msiserver.reg file from that someone else not on this forum has helped me to fully resolve the issue i posted in this thread. On merging that msiserver.reg file into my system registry and rebooting the system the 'Windows Installer Service' is now up and listed in Services.msc with Startup type as 'Manual'. And nothing else was required to be done to resolve the issue. Now Windows Updates are being downloaded and installed on my system and even i can install applications on my system or even uninstall them.
I am sure that had your post offering help with the msiserver.reg file preceded the one already made earlier by someone else not on this forum in the meantime, it would surely have been you would be the one to have definitely resolved this issue faced by me through the msiserver.reg file attached with your post. So equal thanks to you as to that someone else too. Definitely if someone else faces a similar issue on a Vista system in future the msiserver.reg file you have attached may help to resolve it.
I will come back to specifically you for help in future if i face any issues on my system because i know you are one of the best technically and your approach is with a never-say-die attitude.
Coming to the other steps you have suggested in your post i have the following comments to make although at this stage they are only of academic interest as the issue is already resolved.
Restore point Creation - Sir, you must be aware that in 32 bit Windows Vista Home Premium with SP2 installed the System Restore Configuration is disabled by Group Policy default setting. The other point is that in this Edition of Vista, the Group Policy Editor is not made available. in view of this manual creation of Restore Points is normally not possible as the Create Button is greyed out and even temporary disabling of System Restore is not normally allowed by the default Group Policy settings. I seem to remember having read somewhere that a registry hack can be used to get around this issue but do not remember exactly how it is done. Further, in that case the reverse hack must also be made available to restore the settings back to default later. I think it may be sometimes important to disable System restore temporarily to remove a virus from a System permanently that resides in the System Volume Information area where earlier versions of a System are stored by System Restore. But this technique has the downside that all earlier System Restore Points are then gone permanently.
Backing up the Registry using ERUNT and NTREGOPT: I think there are some known issues with Vista in backing up the Registry using ERUNT as already mentioned on the ERUNT Website but yes that is still otherwise good enough. I am not very sure about NTREGOPT.
SFC /Scannow (Issue is already resolved so not needed as per your suggestion): I am sure you must be suspecting the integrity of some system files on my system but is there any reason for that unless some virus has infected some files. Norton Internet Security is up and running on my system since i purchased the System in October 2007. In that case it can be done. But is there any downside to using SFC /Scannow considering if it does not complete because it may then entail a repair installation ultimately?
Starting up the Windows Installer Service in Services.msc after the merger of the msiserver.reg file in the registry and a System Restart: Sir, no issues there it starts up. Its really fine.
Quarantine box check of Emsisoft Hljackfree to see if the 'Windows Installer Service' is there in it and to restore it.: Sir, there is no quarantine box in Emsisoft Hijackfree. One is available in Emsisoft Anti-Malware but there it only stores files infected by Malware not uninstalled files.
Additional Information: Sir, everything is fine except that in Services.msc i find that the Volume Shadow Copy Service is set to only 'Manual', whereas as per the required default settings it should be 'Manual Started'. However when i start it up there are no issues and it starts up but on a system Restart it again reverts back to only 'Manual'. I don't understand why this should be so?
If you so insist after specific confirmation by you i will run SFC /Scannow on my system and upload the sfcdetails.txt .
Looking Forward to your reply to the above and your esteemed help in future too. Thanks a lot