Receive the error "The system cannot find the file specified" when installing Server 2003 Service Pack 1

Posted on 2011-04-19
Last Modified: 2013-11-09
I am attempting to install Server 2003 service pack 1 on a SBS 2003 server.  I am doing this under guidance from a separate question.

I downloaded the service pack to the server in question.  I am able to launce the service pack, and it seems to unpack fine, but then it gives me the error "The system cannot find the file specified".  However, there is no indication of what the missing file is.

I found a Microsoft knowledgebase entry that mentions this error during the install of Server 2003 service pack 2.  The solution in that entry is to obtain the registry key
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Ole] from another Server 2003 server.  I don't have access to another server, so I am unable to try that solution.

Any help to resolve this would be greatly appreciated.
Question by:brianpaulcox
    LVL 8

    Accepted Solution

    Have you tried unpacking the exe file prior to the installation?

    Author Comment

    I have not tried that yet.  

    I have now unpacked the exe, but I can not tell which file I should run in order to start the service pack installation.

    Expert Comment

    install all the update even install sp2 for exchange .

    delete the old and create a new share connection or map a drive again

    Author Comment

    Neither of these comments helped me. I am closing this question.

    Author Closing Comment

    This answer was not complete.

    Featured Post

    Highfive + Dolby Voice = No More Audio Complaints!

    Poor audio quality is one of the top reasons people don’t use video conferencing. Get the crispest, clearest audio powered by Dolby Voice in every meeting. Highfive and Dolby Voice deliver the best video conferencing and audio experience for every meeting and every room.

    Join & Write a Comment

    Suggested Solutions

    I’m often asked about newer and larger USB drives connected to SBS2008 and 2011 failing Windows Server Backup vs the older USB drives not failing. As disk space continues to grow and drive technology change SBS2008 and some SBS2011 end up with the f…
    DECT technology has become a popular standard for wireless voice communication. DECT devices are not likely to be affected by other electronic devices and signals because they operate in a separate frequency-band.
    In this sixth video of the Xpdf series, we discuss and demonstrate the PDFtoPNG utility, which converts a multi-page PDF file to separate color, grayscale, or monochrome PNG files, creating one PNG file for each page in the PDF. It does this via a c…
    Internet Business Fax to Email Made Easy - With eFax Corporate (, you'll receive a dedicated online fax number, which is used the same way as a typical analog fax number. You'll receive secure faxes in your email, fr…

    731 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    15 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now