There are possibilities that you may encounter the “This installation is forbidden by System Policy. Contact your system administrator.” while installing something on your Windows PC. This issue can occur while installing some apps, games, drivers, or even files on the system. The issue is actually referring to the fact that the System Policies on the system are not allowing you to install the concerned app or driver.
What causes the Forbidden Installation error on Windows?
This issue can emerge due to various reasons. The following are the possible causes of it.
- Lack of Administrative Rights.
- Corrupted Windows Registry.
- Disabled Windows Installer Service.
- A faulty app that you are trying to install.
- Malware/Virus on the system.
How to fix the Forbidden Installation error on Windows
With that said, here are the ways to get the “This Installation Is Forbidden by System Policy” error resolved.
Fix 1: Enable Windows Installer Service
It has commonly been seen that the disabled Windows Installer Services on the system are the root cause of the forbidden installation error. Hence the very first thing to look at is the Windows Installer Services on your system and check if it is enabled.
Step 1: Open the Run dialog box on your PC by pressing Win + R and execute the services.msc run command in it.
Alternatively, you can also search for the Services directly on your PC to open it.
Step 2: On the Services window that opens, look for the Windows Installer service and double-click on it.
Step 3: This will open the Windows Installer Properties window. Here, make sure to set the Startup Type to Automatic, and under the Service Status, click on the Start button.
If the service is already running, then first click on the Stop button and then click on Start to restart it.
Step 4: Once done, click on OK, close all windows, and restart your PC.
After restarting, try to install the concerned app and see if the issue is resolved.
Fix 2: Re-Register the Windows Installer Service
It is possible that the Windows Installer Service is not functioning properly or is not being recognized by the system. In that case, you can try re-registering the same on your PC.
Step 1: Search for Command Prompt and run it as administrator.
Step 2: On the command prompt window that appears, execute the following command:
This will unregister the Windows Installer Service from your PC.
Step 3: Once the above command is finished executing, execute the following command:
Step 4: Once both commands are executed successfully, the Windows Installer Services is successfully re-registered. Now, simply restart your PC and check if the issue is resolved.
Fix 3: Use Microsoft Install and Uninstall Troubleshooter
Microsoft’s own Install and Uninstall Troubleshooter is one of the best ways to tackle the situation where you are facing issues with installing or uninstalling something on Windows. The same can also be sued here.
Step 1: To begin with, click here and download the Program Install and Uninstall Troubleshooter from Microsoft.
Step 2: After the Troubleshooter is downloaded, open it and click on Next to start the troubleshooting.
Step 3: Select the Installing option as we are having trouble installing our concerned app, game, driver, etc.
Step 4: Let the troubleshooter find the issue and follow the on-screen instructions to solve it.
Fix 4: Configure Local Group Policy Editor
If the Windows Installer Service is not the cause behind the error, then the next suspect is the Local Group Policy. You should try modifying the following group policies:
- Prohibit non-administrators from applying vendor signed updates
- Prohibit User Installs and the Prohibit removal of updates
Step 1: Execute the gpedit.msc run command in the Run dialog box (Win + R).
Step 2: This will open up the Group Policy Editor on your PC. Here, navigate to:
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Installer
Step 3: Now, from the right pane, double-click on the Prohibit non-administrators from applying vendor signed updates group policy.
Step 4: On the new window that appears, select the Disabled option and click on OK.
Step 5: Follow the same steps for the Prohibit User Installs and the Prohibit removal of updates group policy.
Step 6: Finally, restart your PC and check the status of the error.
Fix 5: Configure Software Restriction Policy
If there are no proper Local Security policies set for the Software Restrictions, then this can also be the cause of the forbidden installation. Hence you should configure the Software Restriction Policy.
Step 1: Search for Control Panel and open it on your PC.
Step 2: Set the View by option on the Control Panel window to Small icons and then click on the Windows tools.
Step 3: From the list of Administrative tools, double-click on the Local Security Policy one.
Step 4: This will open up the Local Security Policy window. Here, click on the Software Restriction Policy option from the left pane. Upon clicking, if you see the message, “No Software Restriction Policies Defined” on the right then proceed to the next step.
Step 5: Right-click on the Software Restriction Policy and select the New Software Restriction Policies option.
Step 6: Now, double-click on the Enforcement option from the right pane.
Step 7: You’ll now see the Enforcement Properties window. Here, under the Apply software restriction policies to the following users section, select the All users except local administrators option.
Step 8: Finally, save the changes by clicking on OK and restart the PC.
Fix 6: Configure the Windows Registry
Windows Registry provides solutions to almost every Windows problem. And there are also chances to solve the forbidden installation issue by using the same as well. Here’s how.
Step 1: Open the Windows Registry Editor by searching for the same or by using the regdit run command.
Step 2: Once the Registry Editor window is open, navigate to the following path:
You can also directly copy and paste the above path into the address bar of the Registry Editor window.
Step 3: Now, in the right-pane double-click on the DisableMSI entry. If you don’t see any such entry, then right-click in the empty space and select the New > DWORD (32-bit) Value option.
Step 4: Name the newly created DWORD value as DisableMSI and then open it by double-clicking on it.
Step 5: Set its Value to 0 (zero) and click on OK.
Step 6: Restart your PC and check if the issue is now resolved.
Fix 7: Try Installation in Safe Mode
If the installation of your concerned program is being hindered by some background app or process of 3rd-party elements then you should try the installation after booting the Windows into Safe Mode.
Boot Windows 11 into Safe Mode
Step 1: Open Windows Settings by pressing Win + I and go to System > Recovery.
Step 2: Click on the Restart now button of the Advanced startup option. This will reboot your PC into the advanced startup menu.
Step 3: In the menu, navigate to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup settings, and finally click on Restart.
Step 4: Now, from the list of options select any of the option numbers 4,5, or 6 by pressing the respective number key to boot into Safe Mode.
Boot Windows 10 into Safe Mode
Step 1: Open Settings and go to Update & Security > Recovery > Restart now under the Advanced startup section.
Step 2: Your PC will now boot into the Advanced startup menu. Here, go to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup settings, and finally click on Restart.
Step 3: The PC will boot again and this time in Startup Settings. Choose any of the Safe Mode options (4,5 or 6) by pressing their respective number key on the keyboard.
Once your PC is in Safe Mode try installing the concerned app, game, driver, etc. and it should get installed successfully this time.
And with that said, here comes the end of this fixing guide. The forbidden installation issue on Windows is not a very concerning thing as it generally occurs due to a lack of admin rights. And this can be solved by simply starting/re-registering the Windows Installer Service and by configuring the Windows Policies and Registry values.
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