Windows Installer (msiserver) Service Defaults in Windows 8

Adds, modifies, and removes applications provided as a Windows Installer (*.msi, *.msp) package. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Windows Installer
Service name:msiserver
Service type:own
Error control:normal
Object:LocalSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\msiexec.exe /V
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\msiserver
Privileges:
  • SeTcbPrivilege
  • SeCreatePagefilePrivilege
  • SeLockMemoryPrivilege
  • SeIncreaseBasePriorityPrivilege
  • SeCreatePermanentPrivilege
  • SeAuditPrivilege
  • SeSecurityPrivilege
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeProfileSingleProcessPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege
  • SeAssignPrimaryTokenPrivilege
  • SeRestorePrivilege
  • SeIncreaseQuotaPrivilege
  • SeShutdownPrivilege
  • SeTakeOwnershipPrivilege
  • SeLoadDriverPrivilege
  • SeBackupPrivilege
  • SeCreateSymbolicLinkPrivilege

Default Behavior

The Windows Installer service is a Win32 program that can be started by the Service Controller and that obeys the service control protocol. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. When the Windows Installer service is started, it runs as LocalSystem in its own process of msiexec.exe. If Windows Installer fails to start, the error details are added to Windows 8 error log. When the operating system startup is complete, the user is being notified that the msiserver service hasn't been started.

Dependencies

Windows Installer can't start, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is disabled or not available.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Windows Installer

1. Select your Windows 8 edition and update pack, and then click Download.

2. Save the Win8_msiserver_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file as an administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

The msiserver service is using the msiexec.exe file that is located in the %WinDir%\system32 folder. If the file is corrupted or deleted, you can put it back in there.