My problem is that Windows Installer cannot be found after a certain period of time after reboot. That it is available at least for a while after reboot is because I changed the service into automatic, so it would start wuth Windows. After a while it stops for no reason, and then it can't be accessed anymore until a reboot is done. I have tried all the fixes I've found at Microsoft's webpages and elsewhere, but nothing rectifies the problem. I've figured that some other program or process is causing this, but what that is I've no clue. The problem has plagued me for six months now and always occurs even after multiple complete reinstallations of the OS. At first I had Win XP Pro SP1, but I tried SP2 finally in May and have been using that ever since. The problem was with both service packs. With the latest reinstallation, I tried to see if the problem was .NET Framework 2.0, but it still occurred even though I skipped installing that.

If anybody has had similar problems and found a solution, I'd appreciate knowing what that would be. All help is welcome; even if you don't know the actual cause and solution, your idea might trigger another idea and so forth.


Here's a basic rundown of the software I'm using:

Microsoft Windows XP Professional with SP2 ENG
.NET Framework 1.1 with SP1
Daemon Tools 4.0
DirectX 9.0c Apr06
nVidia nForce Drivers 5.10
nVidia nForce Audio Drivers 4.62
ATi Control Panel + Display Driver 6.6
Adaptec ASPI 4.72
Patin-Couffin 19

Ad-Aware 1.06
Norton SystemWorks 2003
Spybot S&D 1.4
Windows Defender (Beta2)

ACDSee 7.0
Adobe Reader 7.0.8
Adobe Photoshop 7.0
Microsoft Applocale
Microsoft Office 2003 with SP2 (with Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher, and Access installed)
Nero 6.6
PlexTools Professional 2.32

Mozilla Firefox 1.5.0.6
Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5.0.5
SmartFTP 2.0
Skype 2.5
Windows Live Messenger 8

CDex 1.51
DVD Decrypter 3.40
DivX 6.3
Media Player Classic
Quicktime Alternative
PowerDVD 5
Real Alternative
VLC media player
WinAmp 2.95
Windows Media Player 10

eMule 0.47a
ppStream
ppLive
MySee
Sopcast
TVAnts

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