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What Is Trustedinstaller.exe in Windows 10? [Explained]

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TrustedInstaller.exe is an in-built user account in Windows 10, which has ownership over subsequent applications. This is the reason why you are unable to modify certain applications even if you have administration rights.

Now, the problem starts when you delete the system files and folders associated with this Trusted Installer. You will get a message like “You do not have permission to perform this action” or  “You need authorization from TrustedInstaller to perform this action”. 

You might be thinking is the TrustedInstaller.exe a virus? No, it is not. But, if you want to delete a file or folder owned by Trusted Installer, then you have to take its ownership. But, in case you want to disable the extension permanently, then you can do that as well.

In this article, we will guide you on how to take ownership of the files and on how to disable the TrustedInstaller service. So, go through the guide and erase all your queries at once.

Do you want to take Ownership of Trustedinstaller.exe Files?

Do you want to take Ownership of Trustedinstaller.exe Files?

After following the below-mentioned steps, you can modify, delete and reconfigure the files.

  • First, open the files within the System32 folder in the Windows 10 system. You will find that in the Local Disk(C:) section. 
  • Next, click on the files that you need to change permissions for. Right-click and go to the “Properties” option. 
  • In the folder’s Properties, go to the “Security” section, and then select the “Advanced” option. 
  • An Advanced Security Settings tab will open, choose the “Owner” section from that tab. In the owner section, you will get a “Current owner” section. 
  • You will get the “Trustedinstaller” as the current owner of the system. Now, click on the “Edit” button to change the current owner name. 
  • You can change the name to “Administrators”. Next, click on the Permissions tab and then go for the Change Permissions option.
  • Select on the “Administrators” option and then tick the “ Replace all child object permissions with inheritable permissions from this object” option.
  • Next, you have to tap on the “OK” button and click on the folder again. Go to the properties, tap on the “Security” tab again and next go to the “Edit” option.

(Note: If you do not find the renamed folder then click on the “Add” option and click on “OK”.)

Lastly, you have to select any folder and check the “Full Control” option and then click on “OK” again to complete the process. When you tick mark the “Full control box”, then all the option under the “Permissions for Administrators” section will get checked too.

How to Disable Trustedinstaller.exe?

Now, if this integrated Windows process is deliberately creating problems then you should disable the Trsutedinstaller.exe virus from the Windows system. Follow the below-mentioned fixes to eliminate all the problems.

 Fix 1: Update the Windows System

Update the Windows System

Updating the Windows system basically helps every user to overcome the issue. To update the Windows system, you have to go through the following steps:

  • First, you have to go to the “Start” button
  • Choose the “All Programs” section next, there you will find for the “ Windows Update” option.
  • Select the “Windows Update” option. Next, choose the “Download All the Available Updates” option.

After an update check if the problem persists or not. If it does then stop the Windows Installer module.

Fix 2: Stop the “Windows Installer Module” 

Stop the “Windows Installer Module” 

Another good option to stop the Trsutedinstaller.exe errors from the Computer is to stop the “Windows Installer” which is run by the Trustedinstaller.exe. You have to simply follow the following instructions:

  • You have to first hold the Windows+R key together. Write “msconfig” in the Run command box
  • You have to click on the “Continue” option when you will see the “Administrator authentication” prompt.
  • Next, you have to go to the “System Configuration” tab and select the “Services” tab.
  • Now, try to search for the “Windows Module Installer” box and uncheck the box next to it.
  • You have next, click on “OK” to save the changes.

Lastly, you have to go to the Services windows again to change the “Startup Type” of “Windows Module installer” to “Manual”. 

This information will help you to know what is trustedinstaller.exe virus. You can either take the ownership of the files or delete it from the Windows 10 system, the choice is yours.

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