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Thread: SP2 - Error drvmain.sdb is open

  1. #1
    Jon Erlandson Guest

    SP2 - Error drvmain.sdb is open

    During installation I received the error "The file
    C:\Windows\AppPatch\drvmain.sdb is open or in use by another application."
    I've tried stopping all non-Microsoft services using System Configuration
    Utility (msconfig) but no luck. Any suggestions out there?



  2. #2
    Carey Frisch [MVP] Guest

    Re: SP2 - Error drvmain.sdb is open

    Perform a "clean boot", then proceed to install SP2.

    How to Perform a Clean Boot in Windows XP
    http://support.microsoft.com/default...&Product=winxp

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    Carey Frisch
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows XP - Shell/User

    Be Smart! Protect Your PC!
    http://www.microsoft.com/athome/secu...t/default.aspx

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    "Jon Erlandson" wrote:

    | During installation I received the error "The file
    | C:\Windows\AppPatch\drvmain.sdb is open or in use by another application."
    | I've tried stopping all non-Microsoft services using System Configuration
    | Utility (msconfig) but no luck. Any suggestions out there?


  3. #3
    Jon Erlandson Guest

    Re: SP2 - Error drvmain.sdb is open

    What do you think about installing in Safe Mode :?)
    Clean Boot failed. I also tried clearing "Load System Services" with "Auto
    Updates" and "Cryptographic Services" checked but still failed under
    drvmain.sdb. There are a few other people out there with the same problem
    but I haven't read a good resolve (someone claimed uninstalling SP1 worked.)
    Any other pointers?



    "Carey Frisch [MVP]" <cnfrisch@nospamgmail.com> wrote in message
    news:OnR8raEpEHA.324@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
    > Perform a "clean boot", then proceed to install SP2.
    >
    > How to Perform a Clean Boot in Windows XP
    >

    http://support.microsoft.com/default...&Product=winxp
    >
    > --
    > Carey Frisch
    > Microsoft MVP
    > Windows XP - Shell/User
    >
    > Be Smart! Protect Your PC!
    > http://www.microsoft.com/athome/secu...t/default.aspx
    >
    > --------------------------------------------------------------------------

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    >
    > "Jon Erlandson" wrote:
    >
    > | During installation I received the error "The file
    > | C:\Windows\AppPatch\drvmain.sdb is open or in use by another

    application."
    > | I've tried stopping all non-Microsoft services using System

    Configuration
    > | Utility (msconfig) but no luck. Any suggestions out there?
    >




  4. #4
    Jon Erlandson Guest

    Re: SP2 - Error drvmain.sdb is open - Success :)

    What I wound up doing was a "Diagnostic Boot" with "Automatic Updates" and
    "Cryptographic Services" enabled. I opened Explorer into the directory for
    drvmain.sdb, made a copy of the file and then deleted it. The file was
    automatically rewritten so I opened "task manager" into Processes and saw a
    couple of instances of svchost.exe running, took a gamble and ended the
    first process then deleted drvmain.sdb. The file remained deleted without
    being rewritten so I rebooted and checked the directory again for the file
    and it was still deleted; SP2 then was able to complete the install. I then
    copied drvmain.sdb back into the directory, set things back for a "Normal
    Boot" and things seem fine so far :)



    "Carey Frisch [MVP]" <cnfrisch@nospamgmail.com> wrote in message
    news:OnR8raEpEHA.324@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
    > Perform a "clean boot", then proceed to install SP2.
    >
    > How to Perform a Clean Boot in Windows XP
    > http://support.microsoft.com/default...&Product=winxp
    >
    > --
    > Carey Frisch
    > Microsoft MVP
    > Windows XP - Shell/User
    >
    > Be Smart! Protect Your PC!
    > http://www.microsoft.com/athome/secu...t/default.aspx
    >
    > ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    >
    > "Jon Erlandson" wrote:
    >
    > | During installation I received the error "The file
    > | C:\Windows\AppPatch\drvmain.sdb is open or in use by another
    > application."
    > | I've tried stopping all non-Microsoft services using System
    > Configuration
    > | Utility (msconfig) but no luck. Any suggestions out there?
    >




  5. #5
    r3ap3r Guest

    Re: SP2 - Error drvmain.sdb is open - Success :)

    Using a program called File Monitor from www.sysinternals.com I found out
    that what is keeping the file drvmain.sdb open is svchost.exe, actually
    all of them, it seems =/


  6. #6
    Join Date
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    Re: SP2 - Error drvmain.sdb is open

    received the same message drvmain.sdb is open.

    Solution is simple.
    Go to networkconnections and disconnect all connections except LAN before installing sp3.
    After you reboot reconnect networkconnections.

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