Sunday, December 18, 2011

How to Fix Microsoft Setup Bootstrapper Has Stopped Working

When you want to reset your computer modifications to the factory default or remove trail versions but face the problem of "Bootstrapper has stopped working" or "Error 40" then here are the possible solutions to fix it.

If "Data Execution Prevention" (DEP) is turned on for all program and services with Windows Vista or Windows 2003, that might be the cause of the problem. If you check your DEP settings to make it turned on for the selected programs and services, that might help you to resolve this problem.


In order to change the settings for DEP, you have to follow the following steps. Go to the control panel and click on the system icon. In the left pane click Advance system settings. You will get a popup window, prompting to verify that you want to continue, click on yes. Go to 'settings'.

Check if the box is selected for "turn on DEP for all programs and services except those I select", then you need to change the setting to "turn on DEP for essential Windows programs and services". If that does not work then go to the same properties again and add "autorun.exe" to the exception list. To add "autorun.exe" to the list, you have to click add button at the bottom of the screen. You will find an Open dialogue where you have to navigate to the folder that has "autosun.exe" and select the program.

Once you have either selected the different box for DEP or added "autorun.exe" to the list click OK button. You will have to restart Windows to let the changes takes effect. These steps should allow the installation to run the boot system software. After doing these steps and installation is complete, don't forget to remove the "autorun.exe" from the list, added to the list above, as it creates a security hazard.

How to Fix Microsoft Setup Bootstrapper Has Stopped Working

To fix this error and many more errors easy, safe and fast you should get a registry cleaner toolkit. I have made a comparison chart about the best registry cleaners that you should check out.

With my 12-years computer experience as an software developer, I know about the windows platform more than anyone else. It is so complex that you cannot keep you system in a good condition manually.



  1. I am unable to install any program on my laptop.
    It gives the microsoft bootstrapper has stopped working, or sometimes setup.exe has stopped working or windows installer has stopped working.

    Please suggest a way.
    Already done sfc/scannow(failed to fix the errors),
    checked services.msc

  2. I resolved it after removing every instance of the program with IObit I found even trying to install Open Office I had a problem, this method fixed that and the Microsoft one : when you use or install the application you get an error due to the AppData not being properly replaced and permissions have been changed to a System entry. The path may be a like C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\ or it may be another path usually C:\Program Data. To resolve this problem ensure that you have the necessary permissions on your hard disk or disks. To do this, Open windows explorer, select the folder. Right click the folder, then click Properties on the shortcut menu. On the security tab, click permissions. Select the “Everyone” group, then click “Full Control” in the Type of Access List. Select the Replace Permissions on Subdirectories check box. Click ok. Click yes to the prompt confirming whether you want to replace permissions on all subdirectories. Click OK in the folder name properties dialog box. Run set up.

  3. I have tried to install in my pc windows xp but after setting boot order system starts normally does not follows the boot order even I tried with boot able usb again it starts from C drive not as per boot order set by me what should I do how can I do fresh Windows

  4. An office Bootstrapper error occurred when users upgrade office from old version of office. The Error says "Microsoft Setup Bootstrapper has Stopped Working".

    Solved: Microsoft Office Bootstrapper Error:

  5. i tried to install SQL Server 2012 and 2008 and it says "native SQL install Bootstrapper has stopped working "

  6. Thank you Abi, This worked like a charm:
    Control Panel>System and Security>System>Advanced system settings
    under Performance Settings>Data Execution Prevention>
    Click "Turn on DEP for all programs and services except those I select:"
    Click "Add..." and locate the executable that you are trying to run.
    After it's been add, locate the executable file and try it again! Worked for me :)

  7. I am also fedup with Microsoft setup bootstrapper has stopped working problem. After searching a lot got this solution for Microsoft setup bootstrapper has stopped working.