Uninstall applications in Safe Mode

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 19 Feb. 2009 / Last Updated on 31 Oct. 2008]

How can you uninstall Windows Installer-based applications in Safe Mode if you need to?

When a Windows computer won't boot properly, you may be able to get it to boot in Safe Mode. What if your boot problems are caused by an application you installed and you need to uninstall the app in Safe Mode? Unfortunately Windows Installer usually won't work in Safe Mode, but here's a workaround:

1. Start your computer and press F8 before the splash screen or boot menu to enter Safe Mode.

2. Open a command prompt window.

3. Type the following commands, pressing ENTER after each command:

4. REG ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot\Minimal\MSIServer" /VE /T REG_SZ /F /D "Service"

5. net start msiserver

6. Double-click on the .msi file for the application and uninstall the application from your system.

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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