Im having a major problem with my windows installer and therefore i cant really do anything with my computer. Somehow my msiexec.exe was deleted its no longer in my system folder...so i therefore cannot install any programs on my computer...i am running windows xp home and have service pack 2 installed...any help as to how i could reinstall the windows installer would be very much appreciated.

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andrew
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i get an error that says "wrong os or os version for application"

in case i didnt say so in my last post i am running windows xp and have service pack 2 installed.
Answered 05/03/2005 by: DethRose
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Windows Installer 2.0 Redistributable for Windows NT 4.0 and 2000 supports Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 6 or later and Windows 2000. Windows XP contains Windows Installer 2.0 and therefore can't be installed or upgraded by this redistributable.

try installing the sp2 again
Answered 05/03/2005 by: bheers
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Download SP2.
Run SP2 setup and allow all the temp files to be extracted.
Don't click on anything in the SP2 setup, just move the Sp2 window out of the way and find the extracted Sp2 files on your C drive (or other "spare" drive) (usually some ext09093224/temp" directory or something else obviously obscure)

Dig through the extracted files and grab,

msiexec.exe
msi.dll
msihnd.dll
msimsg.dll
msiip.dll

Copy those files to your ..\system32 directory

Cancel the SP2 setup (optionally copy extracted Sp2 files elsewhere for future use).

After you do that, now you need to register the service...
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;324516

Ben

EDIT: I failed to mention that the files will be compressed. You'll have to expand them each from the command prompt, I.E., "c:\expand msiexec.ex_ msiexec.exe
Answered 05/03/2005 by: bboysza
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