Error Installing 2003 Server Service Pack 2 – Access Denied

When installing Service Pack 2 of Server 2003 I have seen twice a “Access is Denied” error appear… with no additional information. One was on an SBS server and the other was a Server 2003 standard. Both of these problems were caused by exactly the same thing. The setup tries to delete a registry key as below. The Administrators group only had read access and not full control – I simply used regedit to assign full control to HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionSvcHost

Below is an extract taken out of c:windowsupdspapi.log

#W190 File “C:WINDOWSsystem32SET16F5.tmp” marked to be moved to “C:WINDOWSsystem32dpcdll.dll” on next reboot.
#-086 Deleting registry value “HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionSvcHostwugroup
#E033 Error 5: Access is denied.
#E065 Parsing DelReg section [Product.Del.Reg] in “c:999bc3e44d3be7bfb12644i386updateupdate.inf” failed. Error 5: Access is denied.
#E064 Parsing install section [ProductInstall.GlobalRegistryChanges.Install] in “c:999bc3e44d3be7bfb12644i386updateupdate.inf” failed. Error 5: Access is denied.
#-086 Deleting registry value “HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionSvcHostwugroup”
#E033 Error 5: Access is denied.
#E065 Parsing DelReg section [Product.Del.Reg] in “c:999bc3e44d3be7bfb12644i386updateupdate.inf” failed. Error 5: Access is denied.
#E064 Parsing install section [ProductInstall.GlobalRegistryChanges.Install] in “c:999bc3e44d3be7bfb12644i386updateupdate.inf” failed. Error 5: Access is denied.

Source: clintboessen.blogspot.com

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