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kairo505 02-22-2009 11:44 PM

how to install in safe mode?
Recently i have had some problems with my laptop and so ive decided to start backing up my data. Because of a video problem (stated in my last thread: i am forced to use my computer in safe mode. i am trying to install the Backup utility from the Windows XP operating system CD. In my attempt to install, i get an error message from Windows Installer saying "The system administrator has set policies to prevent this installation." im not sure what to do next. i would really like to get this program so that i may backup properly. could someone help me with my installation problem?

Sami 02-24-2009 12:49 AM

Windows installer does not work in Safe Mode, for it work you need to edit your Registry File.

Before making changes to your Registry please backup your registry.

To edit Registry for your installer to work follow the steps below.

Start -> Run -> type CMD

In the window please type the below content

REG ADD HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot\Minimal\MSIServer/VE/TREG_SZ/F/D %Service%
Then start the windows installer by typing

net start msiserver

kairo505 02-24-2009 07:38 PM

thx so much sami! i got the installer to work thx to your instructions:) i really appreciate syschats support

Mocks1 01-29-2011 05:39 PM

Here is the text from the link I posted above in case the link becomes dead. Note that if you also want the Windows Installer to run from Safe Mode With Networking, you will have to paste a slightly different command into the command prompt as shown below:

Windows Installer will not work under Safe Mode, this means that programs cannot be installed or uninstalled in safe mode without giving a specific command using msiexec in command prompt.

To make Windows Installer work under safe mode, you need to create a registry entry for every type of safe mode you are logged in to.

1.Safe Mode.

Type this in a command prompt:

REG ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot\Mi nimal\MSIServer" /VE /T REG_SZ /F /D "Service"

and then

net start msiserver

This will start the Windows Installer Service.

2.Safe Mode with Networking

REG ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot\Ne twork\MSIServer" /VE /T REG_SZ /F /D "Service"

and followed by

net start msiserver

This will start the Windows Installer Service.

Mocks1 01-29-2011 05:51 PM

My original post did not come through so here it is again:

I pasted the command posted by Sami above into the command prompt, but I get the error message:

Too many command-line parameters

I found another command that works at the link below--the only difference I see between the commands is spaces after the switches and some quotation marks

Windows Installer & Safe Mode | Symantec Connect

Mocks1 01-29-2011 06:07 PM

If you get the error message "Too many command-line parameters" when using Sami's commands at the top of this thread then use the alternative commands that I posted above

I received the "Too many command-line parameters" message when pasting Sami's command into a command prompt on a computer running Windows XP Pro SP3

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