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Whenever I install using .MSI, the system freezes right after starting the Volume Shadow Copy Service/etc, and creating a System Restore Point.

If possible, I'd rather not disable System Restore, as this deletes all previous restore points. I also don't want to kill the service/process, although I haven't tried this one yet to see if it even works.

How can I prevent a system restore point from being created while installing using a MSI launcher?

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Temporarily Disable "Volume Shadow Copy" service in Windows Services. –  Moab Mar 29 '11 at 4:07
@Moab Oh, right. :) But is there any way to make it do this automatically before every install, and then revert it back after the install? –  muntoo Mar 29 '11 at 4:33
Which OS are you running? –  8088 Mar 29 '11 at 7:21
@Gareth I thought MSI was exclusive to Windows, but if you're asking which OS version, it's Vista Home Premium SP2. –  muntoo Mar 29 '11 at 7:27
@muntoo Thanks, I was after which version of Windows you were on. You could take a look at my answer below but not sure how effective it will be in fixing VSS, especially as a lot of the issues seem to be on Windows 2003 and not Vista. –  8088 Mar 29 '11 at 7:31
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If you scroll down through this thread, there's a number of things you could try for repairing the Volume Shadow Copy Service if you wanted to give that a go.

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There is a property you can set to disable rollback when an MSI file is being installed. I am not sure whether this suppresses the creation of a restore point, but it might be worth a try.

msiexec.exe /I "D:\winzip112.msi" /QN DISABLEROLLBACK=1

More Details: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa372899(v=vs.85).aspx

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Reading the documentation i dont think this is related to System Restore, but about the rollback process which is required if an installation fails. –  Dinesh Manne Jun 13 '11 at 16:17
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