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SP2 - Error drvmain.sdb is open

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Old 27-09-2004
Jon Erlandson
 
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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?



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Old 27-09-2004
Carey Frisch [MVP]
 
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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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"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?

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Old 27-09-2004
Jon Erlandson
 
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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
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> 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?
>



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Old 28-09-2004
Jon Erlandson
 
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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?
>



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Old 11-02-2005
r3ap3r
 
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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 =/

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Old 20-01-2009
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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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