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SafeMSI lets you install and remove apps in Safe Mode

One thing that's always bugged me about cleaning up and repairing systems for my customers is the fact that the Windows Installer Service doesn't run in Safe Mode -- not by default, anyways. That means there's additional tinkering involved before I can remove any number of annoying and useless applications -- and installing useful programs which require the Installer service to be running.

Thankfully, I stumbled across a handy little application which solves this problem easily. It's called SafeMSI, and it's beautifully simple. Download the app, slap it on your USB flash drive (it's totally portable) and run it on a system that you've booted into safe mode. Within seconds, you'll see the window above. On my bench, SafeMSI worked on XP, Vista, and Windows 7.

You may have heard about SafeMSI before -- it's an oldie but a goodie, and well worth sharing. Here's hoping some of you can put this to good use on your friends and family members' systems!

Download SafeMSI from this page on WindowsITPro (click the big, blue 'download the code here' button).

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