Windows Installer will NOT start in Safe Mode on a Windows Server 2003 computer.

When you attempt to start Windows Installer in Safe Mode, you receive:

Error 1084: This service cannot be started in Safe Mode.

To start Windows Installer in Safe Mode:

1. Restart your computer and press F8 before the Boot Menu or splash screen.

2. Open a CMD.EXE window.

3. Type the following commands and press Enter:

REG ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot\Minimal\MSIServer" /VE /T REG_SZ /F /D "Service"
net start msiserver

NOTE: You can use this technique to uninstall an application in Safe Mode.

NOTE: SafeMSI.exe freeware starts Windows Installer in Safe Mode on Windows Server 2003.