Installing the VMWare tools to a VM should be an easy task, but sometimes it isn’t. I recently ran into a problem where the VMWare tools did not want to install. The installer crapped out on me with the following error message:
Windows Installer Service could not be accessed
I rebooted the VM with no luck. Then I checked that the Windows Installer Service was actually running. It wasn’t but even after starting it and another reboot, no joy. After digging around for a few minutes I decided to make the following change.
Go into the Windows Installer service properties and click the check box that allows the service to interact with the desktop. As soon as that was done I restarted the VMWare Tools installer and the installation went through just fine.
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