Hello, I'm having problems with my Windows Installer. I have been to the forum here and have tried the various options discussed. When I look at "services" I found the Windows Installer on "manual" and "stopped." I clicked the "Start button and received this error message: "WINDOWS COULD NOT START THE WINDOWS INSTALLER SERVICE ON LOCAL COMPUTER. ERROR 2: THE SYSTEM COULD NOT FIND THE FILE SPECIFIED."
I'm afraid to mess around with this anymore without some knowledgeable assistance.
FYI, so as not to waste anyone's time, I have also done the
"Run then MSIEXEC /UNREGISTER and REGSERVER" suggestion, but no change.
I ran an administrative sfc/scannow command and it DID report finding and fixing errors (nothing specific listed). I re-booted, then tried to install (and also uninstall) and same error messages appear.
I tried to update windows with the "14 important updates" which downloaded fine, but will not, of course, install due to the same problem, or so I assume.
I also restored the system to a point a month earlier than today, but that did not seem to help. Maybe I didn't go back far enough?