Solved: windows installer service won't start

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ok, so i can't really install anything on my computer right now because apparently the "windows installer services" isn't started. When i try to install stuff it won't let me. when i go to run and type in services.msc and then go down the list to 'windows installer', it says it isn't started. and when i try to start it, it says "error 997: overlapped I/O operation is in progress"

can anyone help me out??

im using windows xp home edition, by the way
 
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Double click 'My computer', c: drive, windows folder, system 32 folder, and find the msiexec.exe file (they should be arranged alphabetically). Right click the msiexec.exe file, left-click properties, on the 'version' tab, click 'file version' and tell us what it is.
 

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hey, sorry for taking so long to get back to you.

the version is: "3.1.4000.1823"
 

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well all right! i tried method number 2, and it solved the problem!
at first nothing happened but then i went to services.msc and started windows installer services, and it started fine. works perfectly now!
the only thing is it appears that i now have to manually start the windows installer service each time i turn my computer on. is there a way i can make it start automatically?
thanks the hound, your help is much appriciated!!!
 
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You're welcome---in services.msc, select 'automatic' from the pulldown menu, start the service, click 'apply', and reboot...I hope that does it.

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