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How to Fix “The Feature You Are Trying to Use in on a Network Resource That is Unavailable” in Windows 10?

The Unavailability of a Feature” limitation in Windows 10 signifies that a particular installation or uninstallation is failed. This issue can be encountered due to the malfunctioning of the “Windows Installer” service, unrecognizable registry values associated with the program being installed or uninstalled, etc.

This write-up will state the approaches to resolve the unavailability of a feature in Windows 10.

How to Fix “The Feature You Are Trying to Use in on a Network Resource That is Unavailable” Issue Faced in Windows 10?

To resolve this issue, consider the below-given fixes:

Fix 1: Ensure the Running of the “Windows Installer” Service

In the case of the halted “Windows Installer” service, there’s a chance that any installations or uninstallation might fail. Therefore, check if this particular issue is running or not.

Step 1: Navigate to “Services”

First of all, enter “services.msc” in the Run box to navigate to “Services”:

Step 2: Locate Windows Installer Service

Now, locate the “Windows Installer” service and double-click on it:

Step 3: Start Windows Installer Service

In the “General” tab, hit the highlighted button to start the service and configure its startup type to “Automatic”, and click “Apply-> OK”:

After doing so, restart the PC and observe if this approach made a difference. Otherwise, consider the next approach.

Fix 2: Initiate the “Program Install/Uninstall” Troubleshooter

This particular troubleshooter finds and resolves the install/uninstall errors in the system. To initiate this troubleshooter, apply the following steps.

Step 1: Install the Troubleshooter

First of all, click here to download/install the “Program Install/Uninstall Troubleshooter”.

Step 2: Initiate the Troubleshooter

After that, open the downloaded setup and initiate the troubleshooter by hitting the “Next” button in the following window:

After doing so, the below progress pop-up will detect and fix the faced issues:

Fix 3: Delete the Key in Registry

Deleting the key in the registry of the problematic program can also resolve the discussed limitation. Let’s overview the below-listed steps to do so.

Step 1: Open “Registry Editor”

Firstly, type “regedit” in the Run box to open up the “Registry Editor”:

Step 2: Navigate to Path

Now, navigate to the path “Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Installer\Products”.

Step 3: Locate the Key

In the “Products” category, check each sub-keys until you find the problematic application’s subkey. Note that the program’s name can be identified in the “Data” section of the “ProductName” for each key:

Step 4: Delete the Key

After the specific key is located, right-click on it and hit “Delete”:

Fix 4: Download an Alternate Copy of the Installer

The discussed issue can also be faced due to the damaged installer being utilized to install/uninstall the affected program or the directory in which it is downloaded having issues in communicating with the rest of the system. To cope with these limitations, simply download an alternate copy of the installer and/or download it to a different location on the PC.

Fix 5: Run/Execute the PC/Laptop in Clean Boot Mode

If none of the above approaches worked out for you, then run the system in “Clean boot” mode to fix the key that is corrupted in the program. To make this approach come into effect, implement the following steps.

Step 1: Open “System Configuration”

Type “msconfig” in the following Run box to open the “System Configuration” window:

Step 2: Redirect to Services Tab

Open the “Services” tab. Here, mark the “Hide all Microsoft services” checkbox and hit the “Disable all” button:

Step 3: Switch to Startup Tab

Now, switch to the “Startup” tab. In this tab, hit “Open Task Manager”:

Step 4: Disable the Applications

Then, disable the listed applications one by one:

Restart the PC and see if the stated issue is resolved.


To resolve the discussed issue, ensure the running of the “Windows Installer” service, initiate the “Program Install/Uninstall” troubleshooter, delete the key in Registry, download an alternate copy of the installer, or run/execute the PC/laptop in Clean Boot mode. This write-up stated the approaches to cope with the unavailability of a feature.

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