I accidentally deleted the Windows\Installer folder in Windows 7. Is there a way to repair this, because I can't install new Microsoft software anymore.

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    Have you tried using the Windows install cd and selecting the repair option?
    – Daisetsu
    Commented Oct 7, 2010 at 19:39

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Try recovering the files using a Shadow Copy (Previous Versions). If your edition of Windows doesn't expose the Previous Versions tab, use the free ShadowExplorer to do it.

If that doesn't work, recover from backup.

If you don't have a backup, you're in big trouble.

The only real options you have at that point are reinstalling Windows (and all of your applications that use Windows Installer) or, maybe, trying to use the msizap.exe command line tool to reset all the Installer's registry information.

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    msizap *! ALLPRODUCTS worked for me - but as a last ditch effort - not recommended! Everything has to be reinstalled now.
    – user12007
    Commented Jan 17, 2012 at 17:08

You can't reinstall it, because actually version 5.0 is not redistributable.

The simplest solution is to copy the folder from an other Win7 computer.


Open an elevated command prompt and type:

sfc /scannow


  • Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations. Commented Mar 7, 2019 at 10:29

Have you tried using System restore, or even just restore from the recycle bin?

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