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Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 install hangs near the end (warning 1909 command prompt lnk)

December 4th, 2008 at 12:28pm

So continuing with my Visual Studio 2008 installs (and how horrible the installation procedure is), I had a system that ran the Service Pack 1 install and seemed to hang at the end. Normally, I just schedule the install and let it do its thing with unattended setups and an auto-reboot at the end. I got a call from the user saying the SP1 was still installing and this was 5 hours later. I know the SP1 install takes forever, but 5 hours was a little much. So I tried to cancel the install but no luck, so I had to end task SPInstaller.exe.

Off to the log files I go. Wait a minute…the SP1 log file is 5GB! What’s going on?! I wasn’t about to open such a huge file so I deleted all the log files and re-ran the install in non-unattended mode. Shortly after starting the install, it failed with an “Installation suspended, incomplete” message. I thought this meant something but in the end, all it means is that a previous install failed and it rolled some stuff back.

So I ran the install again and this time, it went further, like normal. I noticed on other systems the log file would only grow to 20-30MB so I waited until the log file grew to about 50MB and then end tasked the installer again. I opened up the log file and the end was filled with this message over and over:

Warning 1909. Could not create Shortcut Visual Studio 2008 Command Prompt.lnk. Verify that the destination folder exists and that you can access it.

Why couldn’t it create the shortcut? Who knows? Google, probably. I just searched for “warning 1909″ and saw a bunch of stuff about the Office installer failing with this message. None of the fixes seemed to apply to me. I checked the permissions at C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs and everything seemed good. The VS2008 program folder existed and permissions were also normal.

Well, long story short, this forum thread helped me resolve my issue (I guess this problem also occurs with VS2005). It was on the second page of my search and it’s weird that if I had searched for my message with quotes around certain parts, this result would’ve been hidden by Google.

Anyway, I looked at the system environment variables to see if the ComSpec variable was set incorrectly. And it sure was. It was…missing. Argh, why did the user do that for?! I recreated the ComSpec variable and set it to %SystemRoot%\system32\cmd.exe and re-ran the installer. Everything worked after that. I guess the installer uses that environment variable to determine how to create that command prompt shortcut.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kean  |  June 1st, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Solved my problem too. Thanks.

  • 2. Dahdread  |  July 28th, 2009 at 6:26 am

    That helped a lot to me, too. Thank you very much.
    I do not think i have removed any environment variables - probably they were never added so do not blame the user.

  • 3. Frankie  |  November 9th, 2009 at 2:24 am

    Thank you so much! I was about to use an image of someone else’s station - I was trying to solve this for two days.

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