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Strange error installing Vista SP2

Posted on 2009-06-29
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When I intall sp2 I get an error 80073AA2.  It then rolls back the install.  I can not find any info on this error.  Anyone else see this?  Is there a resolution?
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by:WestCoastJohn
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The best I can find out about this issue, is it seems to relate to your Vista installation itself. Is this a clean, RTM installation? Or did you start with any RCs, and then move to RTM?

If so, you might have to reinstall Vista.

John Jennings
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It was  RTM version.  
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Hmm. Let me see what I can find out for you.

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I don't think anybody has an easy solution.  I'm trying the system readiness tool.  But I see on the microsoft forums a bunch of people have been trying that and it didnt' work.  I hope it works.  Most people on the formus just give up an re-install but not sure that's going to work in my case.  The laptop in CA and the software and I are in NE.  Bummer.

Thanks for the ideas we will see what happens.
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Try removing all anti-virus software before you install the service pack. That could help.

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by:kool-ip
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I was having the same problem and found the solution here: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/itprovistasp/thread/b9b0aa82-948c-458c-98ee-199a16e74404

I deleted HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WINEVT from the registry then ran the standalone SP2 update.
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