Microsoft hotfix install over network fails 0x80070003


I have been been trying to figure this out for a long time now and have made no progress so I'm hoping someone can help.

I have an installer script to install a predefined set of Microsoft hotfixes on a new Windows 7 boxes. When installing from a network mapped drive with"

"C:\Windows\system32\wusa.exe" "Z:\Documents\OS_Hotfixes\Win7-2008\32bit\Windows7SP1\Windows6.1-KB2559049-x86.msu"

I get an error: Installer encountered an error: 0x80070003 The system cannot find the path specified.

If I run the same hotfix from the local machine:

"C:\Windows\system32\wusa.exe" "C:\Share\HostDocuments\OS_Hotfixes\Win7-2008\32bit\Windows7SP1\Windows6.1-KB2559049-x86.msu"

The hotfix installs just fine with no unexpected errors.

All hotfixes act the same way so it's not this specific one. I have also run sfc /scannow on the box with no success.

This is a Windows 7 SP1 32 bit host.

asked on Super User Jun 26, 2014 by Kage_

1 Answer


Can't say I know what's the installer's problem, but you can circumvent it if you just put it all in a script - copy the hotfix, run it, and delete the hotfix installation file.

Also, you should try putting the script, the wusa.exe and the update files in the same network folder.

answered on Super User Jun 26, 2014 by EliadTech

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