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Windows Installer (System Services for the Windows Server 2003 Family and Windows XP Operating Systems)

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Service Name: MSIServer

Executable Name: msiexec.exe /V

Log On As: LocalSystem

Description: The Windows Installer service manages the installation and removal of applications by applying a set of centrally defined setup rules during the installation process. These setup rules define the installation and configuration of the installed application. In addition, this service can modify, repair, or remove an existing application. The Windows Installer technology consists of the Windows Installer service for the Windows operating systems and the package (.msi) file format used to hold information regarding the application setup and installations.

Windows Installer is not only an installation program; it is also an extensible software management system. Windows Installer manages the installation, addition, and deletion of software components, monitors file resiliency, and maintains basic disaster recovery by means of rollbacks. Additionally, Windows Installer supports installing and running software from multiple sources, and can be customized by developers who want to install custom applications.

If startup type is Manual, an application that uses the installer will start this service.

If this service is stopped or disabled, the installation, removal, repair, and modification of applications that use Windows Installer do not succeed. A number of applications make use of this service while they are running, and those applications might not work correctly.

Available on: Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition; Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition; Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition and Windows Server 2003, Web Edition

Installed through: Default operating system installation

Startup type: Manual

Service status: Stopped

This service depends on the following system components:

Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

The following system components depend on this service:

None

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