[wix-users] Permission to Stop/Start a Service from a Custom Action on Button click

Ven H venh.123 at gmail.com
Wed May 30 05:27:47 PDT 2018

Thanks a lot. I am already an Administrator. That's why I am confused, as
to why it is not working.


On Wed, May 30, 2018 at 5:51 PM, Gerhard Matzen <gmatzen at osisoft.com> wrote:

> You can make sure the user is privileged in a launch condition for the MSI.
> <Condition Message="You must run this installation kit as administrator.
> If you are running on Vista/Server 2008 or greater, you must also run the
> installation from an elevated command prompt.">Privileged</Condition>
> If you are worried about the "Programs and Features" Change/Modify button
> not launching your MSI elevated, you should be able to set the
> NoElevateOnModify value in the registry.
> This DWORD goes under:
> "Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\YouAppName"
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> Subject: [wix-users] Permission to Stop/Start a Service from a Custom
> Action on Button click
> I have a Custom Action that is called on a button click. In this button
> click, I have to restart the Sql Service on the local machine. After
> building this msi, if I right click and install, it fails while trying to
> Stop & Start the service using ServiceController class (throws an access
> denied exception). I tried with the WMI approach also, but the same result.
>  But if I open up a PowerShell or Console window as Administrator and
> execute the msi using msiexec command, it works fine. I am already an
> administrator in the machine. I am not able to understand why it doesn't
> work in the first case, whereas it works in the second case, even though I
> am admin. How can I ensure in my Custom Action code to behave like the
> second case?
> I tried with and without Impersonate attributes on the Custom Action, but
> no luck. Since it is called on button click, I am not able to make the CA
> deferred and hence it is immediate. In my CA code, when I check the current
> user using Environment.GetEnvironmentVariable("USERNAME") and also using
> System.Security.Principal.WindowsIdentity.GetCurrent(), it shows the same
> in both the cases. I am a little confused. Can anyone please help me?
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