BUG: HOMEDRIVE and HOMEPATH Environment Variables Not Set in Windows Installer

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When you use the system environment variables HOMEDRIVE or HOMEPATH in a Windows Installer installation package, you may receive an error message like this one during the installation:
2343 - Specified path is empty


This is due to a bug in the Windows Installer environment variable retrieval code. This bug is only present on Windows 2000 and does not apply to Windows NT 4.0.


To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows 2000. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
260910 How to Obtain the Latest Windows 2000 Service Pack
The English version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later:
   Date      Time    Version      Size     File name    Platform
   7-17-2000         1.11.1820    1.69 MB  msi.dll      x86


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a bug in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was first corrected in Windows 2000 Service Pack 2.


Article ID: 266382 - Last Review: February 28, 2014 - Revision: 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows Installer 1.0, when used with:
    • Microsoft Windows 2000 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Installer 1.1, when used with:
    • Microsoft Windows 2000 Standard Edition
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