How Can I Remove Windows Installer Version 4.5.6001.22159 From My 32-Bit Machine?

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How Can I Remove Windows Installer Version 4.5.6001.22159 From My 32-Bit Machine?
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The Windows Installer allows you to install and uninstall applications. The Installer contains a wizard, which helps guide users through the installation process. The Installer runs as a service on the Windows machine. To remove the Installer from the system, the service is stopped and unregistered. You can stop a Windows service in the Control Panel, and unregister the software from the Windows command prompt.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Click the Windows "Start" button and select "Control Panel." Double-click "Administrative Tools." Double-click "Services." This opens a list of services running on your machine.

  2. 2

    Click the "Name" column header. This sorts your services alphabetically, so you can find the "Windows Installer" more easily. Double-click the "Windows Installer" icon to open its properties. Click the "Stop" button and choose "Disabled" from the "Startup Options" drop-down box. Click "OK" to save your settings.

  3. 3

    Close the Windows services window. Click the Windows "Start" button again and select "Run." Enter "cmd" into the text box and click "OK." This opens your Windows command prompt.

  4. 4

    Type "msiexec /unreg" into the command prompt. This unregisters and removes the Installer from the machine and the Windows registry.

  5. 5

    Reboot your computer. Since unregistering services changes values in the registry, reboot the machine for the changes to take effect.

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