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dotnetfx.exe stops on win2k server setup

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Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I downloaded dotnetfx.exe because something (i forget what now) required it, I think it was windows update.

I run it, and it starts going through the install sequence.

Then it stops here: http://www.yoimg.com/h/21280742-dotnetfx-problem.jpg.html

I have left this screen like this for 24 hours, it has not moved.

This is a fresh install of windows.

Any ideas why its doing this?
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Kini pradeepDevelopment Manager

any errors reported in the eventviewer ?
what is the role of the machine ?
what is the sp level ?


There are no errors reported in the event viewer

The role of this machine will be a server, I haven't setup any server aspects yet.

It is SP4.
Kini pradeepDevelopment Manager

what is the version of windows installer,
its recomended to have 3.1 for .net 2.0


I believe I have the very latest which is 3.1 as I downloaded and installed this as it wouldn't install without it.


Still no solution to this problem.

Were you trying to install Visual Studio?

It could be that the installer was waiting for IIS Admin to terminate and IIS Admin was in turn waiting for World Wide Web Services to terminate. Uninstall .Net 1.1

Do a search of the machine and look for the file MSCOREE.DLL. Rename this file to MSCOREE.OLD wherever you find it and then try the installation again.

Also have a look at this article:
Resolve Partial Assembly failed for Microsoft.VC80.DebugCRT
"the installer was waiting for IIS Admin to terminate and IIS Admin was in turn waiting for World Wide Web Services to terminate." is the reason for that,
I was facing the same issue, after trying hundred things I found that when I killed "inetinfo.exe" process from the task manager, it worked like a charm,

you may also try that if that doesn't work then. uninstall failed .net installation by this tool,

If you have Zone Alarm > http://blogs.msdn.com/quanto/archive/2006/03/31/566191.aspx

Now after removing failed .NET, kill "inetinfo" process, now reinstall .NET Framework 2.0,

Hope this helps,



My windows updates never seem to complete, and I believed it was something to do with the dotnetfx as when I tried to install an update manually it said it required it installed...

It turns out I didn't have Windows Installer 3.1 installed...


So I have now installed it, and tried to install dotnetfx again...

But again it stopped in exactly the same place!

I can't rename mscoree.dll as its being used by windows.

I'm not getting an error, it just stops, and there's nothing in my event log.

I tried that cleanup program, and I viewed the cleanup_log, it says at the bottom: [07/04/06,22:16:46] ****ERROR**** Cleanup failed for product .NET Framework - All Versions

I don't have a process called inetinfo.

I don't have Zone Alarm.

Have you tried to uninstall .NET 1.1 as i have mentioned earlier?

Oh, by the way, try renaming the file from safe mode

"inetinfo.exe" belongs to Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) and is used for debugging.
1. unplug your network

2. disable your virus checker

3. install .NET Framework

4. re-enable your virus checker

5. plug your machine back on the network


I don't have a virus checker installed, and i've tried installing it without being on the network, it still stops at the same point.
What about IIS is installed and running ?


IIS is neither installed nor running, its not a web server, and never will be.
It may sound silly but just confirming that you are installing .NET Framework Redistributable (Final) NOT SDK version as SDK version requires Redisributable pre-installed.


What I am trying to install is dotnetfx.exe aka Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0.50727.42

I'm going to take a look at http://www.filemirrors.com/search.src?type=begins&file=dotnetfx&action=Find


As it seems dotnetfx3.exe won't run on Windows 2000.

I have now re-downloaded it from here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0856EACB-4362-4B0D-8EDD-AAB15C5E04F5&displaylang=en

But its done exactly the same thing again...
And follow installation guideline from these; Install from command line rather double clicking dotnetfx.exe


Please check these logs and post if you see any error



[quote]To make a long story short, you can use the following command lines to create an administrative install point and install the .NET Framework 2.0 using the MSI directly:

   1. To extract the contents of the setup package - dotnetfx.exe /t:c:\temp /c (or you can substitute any path of your choosing for c:\temp)
   2. To create an administrative install point - c:\temp\install.exe /a
   3. To install using the MSI directly - msiexec.exe /i netfx.msi ADDEPLOY=1

I got to point 2, and it failed with an error... http://www.yoimg.com/i/41203059-dotnetfx-cmd-error.jpg

Also my server/install exceeds the required System Requirements
It is important to see the logs I mentioned above and also the detail of the error

Have you set the current date and time???

This one is on us!
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Those two files can be found here...


I have coppied them onto another machine on my network which acts as a local web server.


Time/Date was wrong! - no fix though

I have just disabled/stopped "Distributed Transaction Coordinator" via services.msc, now when I run dotnetfx.exe I get a similar style error as this one... http://www.yoimg.com/i/41203059-dotnetfx-cmd-error.jpg

I seem to get that same/similar error all the time now...

EventType : visualstudio8setup     P1 : 183     P2 : 8.0.50727.42_rtm_x86ret
P3 : msi     P4 : inst     P5 : f     P6 : installvalidate     P7 : -    
P8 : 1618     P9 : -     P10 : -    

What does it mean?
Thanks for the files...I just looking in to it...
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chkdsk /r  from command prompt


This is a brand new system with a brand new hard drive and a brand new clean install, is it really likely to need this?

Microsoft Windows 2000 [Version 5.00.2195]
(C) Copyright 1985-2000 Microsoft Corp.

C:\>chkdsk /r
The type of the file system is NTFS.
Cannot lock current drive.

Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another
process.  Would you like to schedule this volume to be
checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N)
error: 1618 - "Another installation is already in progress. Complete that installation before proceeding with this install."

Try to kill all unncessary application, then try again, meanwhile I will continue to work on the log errors,

If you  have Visual Studio try uninstalling it,


There's nothing else running, I simply boot up windows, and once its finished loading open dotnetfx.exe which I have placed on the desktop.

I don't have Visual Studio installed.
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>>is it really likely to need this?
Brand new drives can have bad sectors. Recommend is when you set up the drive, to do a FULL format, not a quick format. So if you haven't the full, you should say Y to "Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts?'

But remember, full surface scan can take hours to finish. (In contrast, A Full Format, the recommended route when you set up the drive, takes much less time)

Maybe you can try the below exe.

This silent addon installs dotNET 2.0 from SVCPACK @ T13 from one EXE to reduce clutter.  tested it(this addon) enough now to be sure the workaround is functional, installing from svcpack and running .NET programs, showing up in "add/remove programs", and no errors during install.


This step-by-step article describes how to troubleshoot issues that you may experience when you install the .NET Framework 2.0.
msiexec.exe /i netfx.msi /qb /l*v netfx20install.log ADDEPLOY=1 TRANSFORMS=<path>\strings.enu.mst

You can't spread a question over two point awards.  Each question has a maximum of 500 points.  So you should delete the other question.

About your problem:

You said the system is brand new; is it a 64-bit system?  Do you have the proper versions of both .NET Framework and Visual Studio?  And remember, Win2k is not really equipped to handle 64-bit systems.

You may be beating a dead horse trying to install this on Win2k.


I always used to do a full format, but I realised that its very unlikely for a new drive to had bad sectors.

I did a chkdsk, no problems found, and it didn't fix donetfx installing.

I will try 00dNET20.exe

[quote]msiexec.exe /i netfx.msi /qb /l*v netfx20install.log ADDEPLOY=1 TRANSFORMS=<path>\strings.enu.mst[/quote] <- How do I make this function work? What do I put in replace of <path>?

Hmm, its possible my system is a 64bit system, how do I check?
Try "winver" command to check 64 bit os
if it is 64 bit then run uninstaller utility to clean failed installation,

Download 64 bit .NET Framework 2.0 and install,


Winver doesn't tell me if its a 64 bit system, and the OS is windows 2000 server, which is not a 64 bit OS.
you can also use DXDIAG command to check 64 bit...

Click on Start -> Run, and type dxdiag. If a Windows dialog box is displayed asking if you want to verify your drivers, you can safely click no and continue

In the Operating System line, refers to Windows <some version> x64 or 64-bit edition


Again, that simply tells me whether the OS is 64 bit not the system...

If my system is 64 bit, it should run a 32 bit OS fine right? This should not affect the install of dotnetfx?

I am sorry best way to check would be MSINFO32 command,

It will show you "system type" it would be either X86 (32bit) or X64


For some very odd strange reason neither msinfo32 nor "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\MSInfo\msinfo32.exe" will load.

There's nothing about it in my event log.

Any thoughts?

In addition to this, i've noticed this error in the event log...
Windows cannot unload your registry file.  If you have a roaming profile, your settings are not replicated. Contact your administrator.  

DETAIL - Access is denied. , Build number ((2195)).

Any ideas?


It is an X86, I was getting this machine confused with another one I recently built too.

After lots of messing around with fan speeds in bios (its hot in the UK atm), going into safe mode and running msinfo32, I then went into add/remove programs, where I found out that dotnetfx 2.0 was listed.

So I rebooted into normal windows, and issued a "Change/Remove", from there it appeared asif the install continued and then completed. At this point I then decided to run Change/Remove again, and completly uninstall/remove it, and that is what I did.

On complete, I ran dotnetfx.exe again, and this time it worked without a hitch, problem or fault.

As such now this is complete all my software is working correctly including windows updates.

I think perhaps a conbernation of stopping the "Distributed Transaction Coordinator" in services.msc, chkdsk and dropping into safe mode to check out some stuff has been part the way towards the solution to the problem.

Although no one here gave me a direct solution, and even though there didn't appear to be a direct solution, the most helpful person here has been engineer_dell, and on that basis I will be offering him the points for this question.

As for the "other" question, I will not be awarding this because as I said before he didn't provide me with a solution to the problem.

I believe this is a fair, if you disagree, please let it be known.
I am more than happy that it worked, no matter how....

I have officially given this error instance with log you provided to Microsoft...Let them work on it...I will update you when I get an answer from them,

Keep Smiling :)

Warm Regards,

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