.NET framework 3.5 SP1 installation failure with Error 1603

Problem Desc:

-- .NET framework 3.5 SP1 fails with error:
    Error code 1603 for this component means "Fatal error during installation.


--> This error is very generic in nature.
--> Sometime it is thrown due to restriction at group policy which rejects the installation of any update or patch.
--> In .NET framework 3.5 SP1 installation failure scenario, i would recommend you to check once dd_xps.txt log. It can be found in %temp% folder.
--> Failure can occur at 3.0 service pack installation.

--> if in above mentioned log file, you find error like:


     2.744: d:\aab949b8ae7e35434dde6b\update\update.exe (version X.X.X.X)
     2.744: Failed To Enable SE_BACKUP_PRIVILEGE
     2.754: Setup encountered an error: You do not have permission to update OS_name. Please contact your system administrator.
     2.764: You do not have permission to update OS_name.


     Then it is surely a permission problem and restriction from group policy.

---> Check if user is having permission on below object:

     Back up files and directories 
     Restore files and directories 
     Manage auditing and security log 
     Take ownership of files or other objects 
     Shutdown the system 
     Debug programs 

--> If not, assign permission to these objects for a user in group policy.
--> After that installation should go fine.

This article speaks about in general for any patch installation.


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