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Applies To:Windows Server 2003 with SP1
What does Setup do?
Setup is the program that installs and configures the operating system on your computer.When you originally install Windows
Server 2003,Setup installs and configures the operating system to work properly with thecomputer.
Often,any program that is used to install and configuresoftware programs is called Setup. However, in Windows Server 2003,
therearetwo different programs that install and configure programs after the operating system is operational.When Windows
Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) or any other software updateis installed on Windows Server 2003, the PackageInstaller for
Windows updates and changes theexisting installation of Windows Server 2003. If an application, such as Microsoft Office, is
installed,configured, or upgraded, then Windows Installer is the program that is responsiblefor that task.
Who does this feature apply to?
All users and administrators who install or deploy Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 should becomefamiliar with the
changes in this feature.
What new functionality is added to this feature in Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1?
Package Installer for Windows
The PackageInstaller for Windows (Update.exe) installs Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1.This is different installation
technology from what is used to install thecomplete operating system.For a complete discussion of the PackageInstaller, see
“The PackageInstaller for Windows and Windows Components” on the Microsoft Web siteat http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?
Changes in PackageInstaller in Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 include:
Microsoft has moved to a standard for Installer switches, which will beavailablelater this year.Thereare no new
switches to replacethe/D and /S switch functions; the old switches arestill valid.Thefollowing table describes the
former, new,and legacy switches for use with the PackageInstaller.
Old Switch New
None /Uninstall Used to automateremoval of a service pack.
/? /Help Displays help text.
/D:FolderName No change For service pack installations, backs up files to thespecified folder.
None /ER Enables extended return codes. (For moreinformation aboutextended return
codes, see AppendixF in the”The PackageInstaller for Windows and Windows
Components” white paper.)
/F /F Forces other applications to close when thecomputer restarts after theinstallation.
None /ForcerestartForces restartafter installation finishes.
/L /L Lists installed hotfixes (Windows updates only).
/N /N Does not back up files for removing theservice pack or hotfix. In Add or Remove
Programs, thereis no Remove button for the hotfix, so it cannot be uninstalled.
/O /O Overwrites OEM files without prompting.
/Q /Quiet Uses quiet mode, which is thesameas unattended mode,except that the user
interfaceis hidden. No prompts appear during theinstallation.
/Intergrate:FolderName No change Combines the operating system image with Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1
in a shared distribution folder for an integrated installation.When using this
switch, typethe name of theshared distribution folder after thecolon.
/U /Passive Uses unattended setup mode. Only critical errors and a progress bar appear during
/Z /Norestart Does not restart thecomputer after theinstallation finishes.
/O command lineswitch
The/O command lineswitch prevents Update.exefrom performing an exhaustivesearch for original equipment
manufacturer (OEM) supplied files, such as video drivers. Usethis switch only if you want to overwriteall files supplied
by the OEM on your system. By default, OEM files are not overwritten.
Do notapply updates during installation
If you arerunning in an environment that uses a utility to scan and apply updates or security updates automatically, the
utility may conflict with theservice pack installation.This conflict can occur when a service pack is in the process of
installation or uninstallation and has not fully completed dueto the need to restartand then run the post-installation
processes. If the update utility attempts to apply updates to thesystem at shutdown or restart, it may attempt to install
updates prior to completing theservice pack installation, which may result in thecomputer being left in an unusable
Improved recovery following installation failure
In theevent that thereis a failureto completetheservice pack installation, in most cases,automatic recovery will occur.
For example, if power failure occurs during thelatter parts of installation, when you restart thecomputer, theservice
pack uninstall procedureautomatically starts and rolls back all thechanges that were made during theservice pack
Although antivirus softwareis a critical factor in keeping a computer secure, it can affect the overall timerequired to
install a service pack. Disabling your antivirus software during installation of theservice pack could reducethe
installation time by up to 20%. If you decideto disabletheantivirus software, beaware of therisks involved and besure
to enableitafter theservice pack is installed.
What works differently?
A new prerequisiteto service pack installation is a check as to whether thefileSpUpdSvc.inf exists on thecomputer.This file
will be present only if Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 was previously installed on thecomputer. If this fileis found on
your computer by theSP1 installer you will be presented with the message:
Setup has detected an .INFfile from the beta installation that will prevent successful installation of the Service
Pack. Please see Deleting SpUpdSvc.inf before install in the Readme document accompanying this release for
details on how to unblock the Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 installation.
Thereis also a prerequisitethat blocks installation of theservice pack if the Distributed Transaction Coordinator (also know as
MSDTC) servicestatus is Disabled and Stopped at thetime of installation. In this casetheinstallation will stop and you will be
presented with the message:
Setup has detected that the Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MSDTC) service is disabled. The MSDTC service is
required for the successful installation of Microsoft ® Windows Server™ 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1). Please enable
the MSDTC service, and then restart the installation of Windows Server 2003 SP1.For more information about
enabling the MSDTC service,contact your network administrator.
How do I resolve these issues?
To manually delete the SPUpdSvc.INFfile
1. LocatetheSPUpdSvc.INF filein the Windows directory.
2. Renamethefilefrom SPUpdSvc.INF to SPUpdSvc.BAK.
3. Restartyour computer.
4. Attempt to install theservice pack
5. If theservice pack successfully installs, deletetheSPUpdSvc.BAK file.
To enable the MSDTC service
1. Open a command prompt.
2. At thecommand prompt, typethefollowing command:
sc config MSDTC start=demand
This will change the status of the MSDTC service from disabled to enabled, but will not start the service.
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