Windows installer preventing software installing on Server 2008 R2, low disk space

We have a problem where a server we are now looking after only has a 30gb C: partition, we have tried moving some files to install a crucial piece of software that has to run from C: now the problem is that when we try to install the software it says there is a problem with the windows installer service, we now have the same issue when we try to install / uninstall any other software. We have tried the registry fixed suggested on forums but they don't work, tried sfc /scannow but still no luck, help!
jamesstonerAsked:
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jvuzCommented:
Can you give the exact error message?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
We have a problem where a server we are now looking after only has a 30gb C: partition

That is just not enough space. What files / folders did you move out?  Moving out something like WinSXS could damage the operating system.

You need to plan to install the server on a disk with more space (100 GB say) .
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
if this is virtual, i would simply make it larger
30gb is too small; windows folder itself is probably at least 20-25gb
if it's physical, i would look at reinstalling and making C bigger (50gb is good depending on the requirements for this application).  need proper capacity planning
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Can you take a screen shot of your Windows Disk Management and post it here? We will make suggestions.
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jamesstonerAuthor Commented:
I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

No answer, fixed
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
questions were asked that you did not respond to and did not state what resolved the issue
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jamesstonerAuthor Commented:
I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

Answer no longer needed, resolved
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
again did not specify what resolved the issue
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jamesstonerAuthor Commented:
Sorry for the Delay....

The Server OS was installed by someone else (30GB way too small!)
to get everything working, the page file was moved to another drive and then installed the disk cleanup wizard by following this link:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/askpfeplat/archive/2014/05/13/how-to-clean-up-the-winsxs-directory-and-free-up-disk-space-on-windows-server-2008-r2-with-new-update.aspx

This cleaned up a lot of the old windows updates (including the WinSXS folder which was quite large).

The problem with the installer service was fixed after a repair install of .net 4.5.2
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