Saturday, May 25, 2013

Journey to robust windows services: Service could not be installed. Verify that you have sufficient privileges to install system services

This is an annoying and almost entirely useless error. It can be caused by any number of things. However, in my case today, it was caused by the fact that the EventLog Source hadn't been created when I tried to install my Windows Service using the WiX installer that I had developed (which it turned out wasn't quite complete). Fortunately, WiX (at least as of 3.5) has built-in support for creating Windows Event Log sources as part of the installation process. Fortunately, I was able to rely on this article on to guide me through the process. The gist of the article:
  1. Add the "" namespace to your .wxs file root XML element
  2. Add a util:EventSource Log="Application" Name="MyServiceLogSourceName" EventMessageFile="%SystemRoot%\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\EventLogMessages.dll" element to each component which requires an Event Log source
  3. Problem solved

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