BRANDON FRASER asked on January 14, 2013. Status: Answered & Closed.
Msiexec.exe Running At All Times
» Seems as I always have 2 instances of msiexec.exe running at all times. So far I have run the windows installer clean up tool, switched the start up service to manual and ran anti virus scans. I can disable it in task manager, but as soon as I reboot, they are both back up and running even though I'm not installing anything. When I try to install something I get the message that says windows is already installing something and try again later. I manually shut msiexec.exe down with the task manager and then installation goes smoothly.
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MARK GARDNER replied on January 21, 2013
- JANET WINTER replied on January 14, 2013: » use process explorer from Microsoft's sysinternals site and use it to look at the properties of the msiexec.exe processes.
one of them might even have some command line arguments given to it which this utility will reveal, which will help you continue to investigate what's going wrong.
also use autoruns from the same site to review each item on the logon tab of that utility. are any of these possibly responsible for launching windows installer, maybe they have detected a deleted component?
- BRANDON FRASER replied on January 15, 2013: » I ran both of these utilities but I have no idea what they were telling me. Way beyond my computer knowledge. What am I suppose to look for?
- JANET WINTER replied on January 16, 2013: » Use process explorer, double-click on each of the "msiexec.exe" processes, switch to the "image" tab of that Properties window, make a note of the "Command Line" value displayed, maybe copy/paste it here. This might give us a clue as to WHAT is being installed.
As for autoruns, the Login tab shows all the processes which auto-launch as you login. The idea is to look at what they all are and see if there are any unecessary or unusual ones there. Sometimes applications "self-repair" when they launch, and it might be one of the programs doing a self-repair during launch which is responsible for the lingering msiexec.exe installation occuring which it the problem you're reporting to us. This might also give us a clue as to WHAT is running the installer "msiexec.exe" while it is self-repairing.
- TYRONE WILLIAMS replied on January 17, 2013: » rdclip.exe is an old XP copy routine - try unchecking it in Autoruns.
msseces.exe is Microsoft Security Essentials so you need to keep MSE. Are you usingany other antivirus on the machine? Should only have one major antivirus on the computer at a time, much less running at the same time. More than one can cause strange issues.
the last has to be an HP routine so I would uncheck it in Autoruns. After those reboot. Using Process Explorer - Double Click on the Process and/or anything under it in the same tree to see more information - or Right Click on Properties.
- BRANDON FRASER replied on January 20, 2013: » I searched around on Google and saw numerous posts about the exact problem I'm having with msiec.exe, so I'm not alone in this quest for a fix. Seems like someone somewhere would have an explanation. I believe it is somehow linked to Microsoft Security Essentials. Lots of posts about it from people who use MSE, but for some reason the solutions that have worked for them don't work for me.
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