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QuickBooks Installation Issues – QuickBooks Windows Installer Keeps Popping Up

QuickBooks Windows Installer Keeps Popping Up

The Windows Installer, also known as msiexec.exe, is a Windows OS component and an application programming interface that is used to install, maintain, and remove applications. It is found in the System32 subdirectory. When you notice this process running, you can be sure that some software is being installed, modified, or removed. The Windows Installer is used to carry out the installation process for a lot of applications.

QuickBooks Windows Installer keeps popping up, if it appears with your permission and knowledge then it is good as you might be installing, uninstalling, or repairing your installed program. But if it is not then you’re supposed to investigate further. If you’re also facing such issues then this article will help you in rectifying such issues. 

How to avoid the “QuickBooks Windows installer keeps popping up” issue?

There are a few ways that help you to overcome such Windows installer issues. Let’s execute one by one:

Step 1: Terminate the process manually 

Manually terminate the process and check to see if it reappears in the current session or on restart. To do so, right-click on the Taskbar and pick Task Manager from the drop-down menu. The msiexec.exe process can be found under the Process tab. End the task by right-clicking on it. The Windows Installer process will be terminated as a result of this action.

Step 2: Run the System File Checker

Your Windows Installer file may be corrupted. Run System File Checker and reboot once it’s finished scanning.

Windows 7 

  • Click the Start button and put CMD into the search box
  • Select Run as Administrator from the context menu when you right-click CMD.exe
  • When the User Account Control (UAC) prompt displays, select “Yes”
  • Type SFC /scannow when the flashing cursor appears
  • Enter the code with the Enter key
  • The integrity of Windows system files is checked by SFC.

Windows 8, 8.1, 10, and 11

  • Press the Win + X hotkey combination on the desktop, then pick Command Prompt from the menu (Admin) 

(Instead, Windows PowerShell (Admin) might be listed)

  • When the User Account Control (UAC) prompt displays, select the “Yes” button
  • Type SFC /scannow when the flashing cursor appears
  • Enter the code with the Enter key
  • The integrity of Windows system files is checked by SFC. 

Step 3: Check the Windows Installer version 

Make sure you have the most recent version of Windows Installer. Select Properties >>> Details from the right-click menu on msiexec.exe in the System32 folder.

Step 4: Check msiexec.exe

Run a Full Scan with your antivirus software, as well as AdwCleaner, and utility for removing PUPs, Browser Hijackers, and Adware. If you find msiexec.exe in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, you know it’s a genuine Microsoft process. If it’s in a different folder, it’s most likely malware, as malware files can be named anything.

To verify the location of the Msiexec.exe file on your hard disk, follow these steps:

  • To find files or folders, go to the Windows Start menu 
  • Next, point to “Search” followed by clicking the “For Files or Folders” option
  • Select “All files and folders” from the drop-down menu
  • Type Msiexec.exe in the All or part of the file name box and then click “Search”
  • Make a note of the location of the Msiexec.exe file in the search results
  • Msiexec.exe file should be located in the same folder as C:\Windows\System32
  • Click “Close” from the File menu
  • Check the Msiexec.exe file’s location in the Windows registry.

Follow these steps to accomplish this:

  • Click Start >>> Run then type Regedit into the box followed by clicking the “Ok” tab
  • Locate the following registry key and double-click it:


  • Double-click ImagePath in the right pane
  • Make sure the string in the Value data box in the Edit String dialogue box contains the right path to the Msiexec.exe file on the hard disc that you found in Step 1
For Example, the correct path for the Msiexec.exe file in the Value data box is Drive:\Windows\System32\Msiexec.exe /V, if the Msiexec.exe file is located in the Drive: \Windows\System32 folder on the hard disk
  • In this case, Drive refers to the hard drive on which Windows is installed
  • Make the necessary modifications to the Value data box if it does not include the right path, and then click Ok
  • Shut down/close your Registry Editor
  • In Safe Mode, start the computer and then register the Msiexec.exe program

Follow these steps to accomplish this:

  • Restart the computer if necessary
  • When you get the following message, press the F8 key:
  • To begin, make sure you choose an operating system
  • Select Safe Mode from the Windows Advanced Options menu using the arrow keys and then press the “ENTER” key
  • Moving further, turn on the computer
  • Click Start >> move to the Run window, then type Msiexec /regserver followed by clicking the “Ok” tab
  • In standard mode, restart your computer.

Step 5: Re-register the Windows Installer 

  • In Safe Mode, start your computer. Follow these instructions to accomplish this:
  • The computer should be restarted
  • When the following message appears, press F8:

To get started, please pick an operating system

  • Use the arrow keys to select Safe Mode from the Windows Advanced Options menu, then press ENTER
  • Log onto the system
  • Click Start >>> Run and type cmd then hit the Ok tab
  • Type the following commands attrib -r -s -h C:\WINDOWS\System32\dllcache at the command prompt. 

Step 6: Run Program Install and Uninstall Troubleshooter 

 Install and Uninstall Troubleshooter for Programs is available for download. This program replaces the Windows Installer Cleanup software, which is no longer available. Moreover, this utility will assist you in resolving Windows Installer problems.


Well, the above suggestions are a few troubleshooting to overcome the QuickBooks Windows installer that keeps popping up. But in any case, if you are stuck in between the steps or facing further difficulties related to the Windows Installer issue, feel free to connect with the Team of Experts via the Live Chat option. Moreover, you can visit our website to explore more QuickBooks errors or issues that you might face while using your software. 


  1. How do I run the System File Checker in Safe Mode?

    Simply start your computer in Safe Mode, open an elevated command prompt, and type sfc/scannow into it. With this, Safe Mode will also run System File Checker.

  2. Does Windows Installer Cleanup Utility fix QuickBooks Windows installer keeps popping up?

    Yes, Windows Installer Cleanup Utility also known as Program Install and Uninstall Troubleshooter. This utility has replaced the Windows Installer Cleanup utility with Program Install and Uninstall Troubleshooter which will help you to fix potential issues related to Windows Installer. It will specifically address the following issues:

    Problems preventing the installation, uninstallation, or updating of new programs.
    Registry keys that are relevant to these problems are corrupted. 

  3. How to identify Windows Installer issues?

    This can result in software installation troubles if the Windows Installer engine is corrupted, disabled, or installed incorrectly. Identify any Windows Installer issues that are causing problems when installing, uninstalling, or updating programs using the procedures listed below.

    Check to see if the Windows Installer engine is working or not:

    1. To open a Command Prompt window, click the Start windows icon
    2. Type cmd in the Search box or select Run, type cmd in the dialogue, and then press the Enter key
    3. Enter MSIExec at the command prompt
    4. There should be no error messages if the MSI engine is running properly
    5. If you receive an error message, type the contents of the message into a search engine like Bing or Google to find troubleshooting advice
    Reinstall or uninstall if necessary.

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