Friday 26 September 2008

XP - Service Pack 3 could not backup registry key error

A client computer was absolutely refusing to accept the XP SP3 update via WSUS or manually when our client user tried it that way.

So, we connected to the SBS server via Remote Web Workplace and initiated a Remote Assistance session.

This is the error we received near the beginning of the service pack routine:

Service Pack 3 Setup Error

Service Pack 3 Setup could not backup registry key HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MAIN\FeatureControl\FEATURE_IMAGING_USE_ART to file C:\WINDOWS\$NtServicePackUninstall$\reg00161. 5:Access is denied.

We did not close the error dialogue box.

A look into the uninstall directory for the reg00161 file showed that it did not exist yet. So, the permissions problem was not on the file itself.

After opening RegEdit and navigating to the above registry key, we were given a permissions error message. We were still able to right click on the key, click on Permissions, and add the user account with full control and apply it without complaint from the OS though.

Once we did that and clicked the Retry button, the XP Service Pack 3 setup routine was able to continue. No other registry permissions errors were encountered.

XP SP3 Successfully Installed

After a while, we were greeted by the above.

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists

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Unknown said...

I got the same problem... and your fix procedure worked for me too.

Thanks for sharing your case.

Anonymous said...

thank you guys for posting this!

Anonymous said...

Worked for me as well, thanks for posting!