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Error 1603: Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 SP1 Redistributable ATL Security Update (x86)

I absolutely hate 1603 errors!

I recently got this interesting case with AutoCAD 2013 and this wonderful message:  Installation Complete. Some products failed to install.

AutoCAD-2013-failed-to-install

When you look at the log file, you get this error:

2012/9/27:08:33:05    slick    STLR-MAPS-02     Install    Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 SP1 Redistributable ATL Security Update (x86) Failed Installation aborted, Result=1603

The first plan to attack is to try to uninstall all the C++ components.  It is a very similar workflow to these blog posts:

http://upandready.typepad.com/up_and_ready/2012/08/error-install-net-framework-runtime-40-kb2468871-failed-installation-aborted-result1603.html

http://upandready.typepad.com/up_and_ready/2012/01/installation-the-case-of-microsoft-visual-c-2010-1603-error.html

This did NOT resolve the issue

In this interesting scenario, the problem was with the temp folder.  I was trying to get access the log files and  I typed this in the Start > Search programs and files window:

%temp%

...and I got this error:

C-temp

Windows cannot find 'C:\Temp'.  Make sure you typed the name correctly. and then try again.

WOW, how old school Windows NT!

In this case, the problem was rather simple, create a C:\Temp folder. Once the C:\Temp folder was created, AutoCAD installed!  

Temp-folder

 Personally, I would have kept the default settings for the TEMP and TMP folder as:

%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Temp

Env

Thanks to Joe Steel for confirming that this solution worked and I love 1603 errors if there is a solution for them.

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