This article discusses a few techniques for interpreting the information contained in Setup log files. The topics are listed in the order in which you want to use each technique. This article does not cover every situation you may encounter, but it discusses several examples in which the Setup issue is resolved by interpreting a Setup log file.
How to Create a Log FileBy default, Office Setup creates two log files during the installation process, one for Setup.exe and one for the Windows Installer (Msiexec.exe). The log files are created in your \Temp folder and have names similar to the following:
where <edition> is the edition of Office you are installing. For example, these files may be:
Log file for Log file name
Setup.exe Office 2000 <edition> Setup(####).txt
Windows Installer Office 2000 <edition> Setup(####)_MsiExec.txt
Office 2000 Premium Setup(0002)_MsiExec.txt
If you want to create a very detailed Windows Installer log file, you can use the verbose parameter v for the /L switch. If you create a verbose log, however, the default Setup log becomes an abbreviated version, and the default Windows Installer log file is not created.
For additional information about Setup logging options, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
How to Interpret Log FilesDepending on the problem you are experiencing, you may need to view the Setup log, the Windows Installer log, or a verbose log.
Setup Log FilesThe log file for Setup.exe is very short compared with the Windows Installer log file. This is because the number of tasks performed by Setup.exe is limited to items like:
- Reading the Setup.ini file.
- Parsing the command line for properties and switches that need to be passed to the Windows Installer.
- Verifying that the correct operating system and service pack are being used.
- Checking the version of the Msi.dll file.
- Starting Instmsi(w).exe to install the Windows Installer (if necessary).
- Checking the version of Internet Explorer.
- Checking the version of the Tahoma and TahomaBD fonts.
Package to install:
Loading MSI Library....
.. failed, error = 1157
Pre-released IE 5 is not installed
E:\msi\instmsi.exe /q /r:n
E:\msi\instmsi.exe /q /r:n exit status = 1620
Loading MSI Library....
Trying to get version of G:\OFFICE2000\CD1_ADMIN_IMAGE\msi\instmsi.exe
.. failed, error = 3
To see a list of standard actions of the Windows Installer and their descriptions, please browse to the following Web site: Note If you do not have the Msi.dll file on your computer when you run Setup.exe, you always see "error = 1157" in the Setup log file. This can be ignored in most cases, because the next step in Setup is to run Instmsi.exe, which installs Msi.dll and the other Windows Installer files.
For additional information about these issues, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
companyname="my company" /qb
Adding property...companyname="my company"
Recognized command line switch: qb
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\msiexec.exe /qb /I F:\data1.msi /Lpiwae
"C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\Office 2000 Premium Setup(0002)_MsiExec.txt"
Successfully launched MsiExec....
If you do not see any problems or errors in the Setup log and the log ends with:
Successfully launched MsiExec....
Windows Installer LogThe log for the Windows Installer is significantly larger than the log for Setup and can appear to be unreadable at first. However, the following guidelines can help you narrow down the issue.
- If you receive an error message during Setup, search for the error number in the log file. For example, if you receive "Internal Error 2343" during Setup, search for "2343" in the log. You may find text similar to the following: The key text in these log entries is "SetNotesDir", which confirms that you are encountering the issue described in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
Action start 0:18:28: SetNotesDir.
MSI (c) (AF:BF): Note: 1: 2343
Internal Error 2343: Please contact product support for assistance.
MSI (c) (AF:BF): Product: Microsoft Office 2000 Premium -- Internal Error
2343: Please contact product support for assistance.
Action ended 0:18:31: SetNotesDir. Return value 3.
Action ended 0:18:31: INSTALL. Return value 3.
Action ended 0:18:31: ExecuteAction. Return value 3.
MSI (c) (AF:BF): Doing action: FatalError
Action start 0:18:31: FatalError.
Action 0:18:31: FatalError. Dialog created
Action ended 0:18:32: FatalError. Return value 2.
Action ended 0:18:32: INSTALL. Return value 3.The problem in this case is that you uninstalled Lotus Notes, and it left behind some registry entries that the Installer cannot resolve.228668 OFF2000: Internal Error 2343 During Setup
Note You may find an error number that does not match a known issue in the Microsoft Knowledge Base.
- If the Microsoft Knowledge Base does not have an article matching your specific error message, try the following steps to diagnose the issue:
- Search the log file for the error number.
- Read each line up from the line with the error number. Usually you encounter a line that failed, with the ultimate result being a Setup error.
For example, a log file was searched for "2735". The following text was located at/above the line with the 2735 error:Looking at this text, you see that Setup failed on the call to AddLocalAlwaysInstalled. This is a fairly generic call, but the next line concerning the Msi.dll file is one that actually means the most. This is a key Windows Installer file, and it may mean that the Windows Installer needs to be reinstalled.
Action start 19:07:09: AddLocalAlwaysInstalled.
Exception code: C0000006 IN_PAGE_ERROR
EAX:00000046 EBX:8159728C ECX:100023C0 EDX:00000046 ESI:00E41FB8
CS:EIP:0137:3F0A2A0C SS:ESP:013F:0116FF64 EBP:0116FFC8
DS:013F ES:013F FS:0E37 GS:0000
3F0A2A0C 0116FF60 0x3f0a2a0c
-- 0x00000046 0x10013618 0x00000003 0x3F023355
Internal Error 2735: Please contact product support for assistance.
It may also mean that you are having a software conflict. Make sure to turn off any antivirus software that is running and all unnecessary applications that may be running in the background. Please see the following two Microsoft Knowledge Base articles for information about how to minimize problems during Setup:218873 Troubleshooting Office 2000 Kernel32.dll errors under Windows 95218853 OFF2000: Troubleshooting Office Kernel32.dll Errors Under Windows 98
- All log files contain one or more errors that usually can be ignored. The following errors may appear in any log file and typically do not indicate a Setup problem: For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Internal Error 2898: Please contact product support for assistance.
Internal Error 2826: Please contact product support for assistance.
Internal Error 2726: Please contact product support for assistance.230879 OFF2000: Error Message Log File Always Contains "Internal Error 2898: Please Contact Product Support for Assistance"
- Sometimes Setup fails but no error number appears. Instead you receive a Setup error message similar to the following:Installation ended prematurely because of an error.In a situation like this, you must search the log file more thoroughly:
- One thing to search for is the string "Note". In one case where Setup generated the "Installation ended prematurely because of an error" message, the following text was located in a search for "Note": There are actually many instances of "Note" in the log file. However, the third line down from "Note" in this one contains the text "Return value 3". If you see any line in the log file where the "Return value" is anything other than 1, you should focus on Setup activities in this area of the log.
MSI (s) (AF:C0): Note: 1: 2318 2: H:\data1.msi
MSI (s) (AF:C0): MainEngineThread is returning 1603
MSI (c) (BB:93): Back from server. Return value: 1603
Action ended 19:53:03: ExecuteAction. Return value 3.
MSI (c) (BB:93): Doing action: FatalError
Action start 19:53:03: FatalError.
The other thing to remember about log entries containing "Note" is that the four-digit number following "Note" can be mapped directly to the Windows Installer errors listed in the Knowledge Base articles cited earlier in this article. For additional information about this specific case, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:230895 OFF2000: "Installation Ended Prematurely Because of an Error" When You Run Office Setup
- Another string to search for in the log file is "FatalError". In the previous log file example (Note 2318), a line contains "FatalError" after the line with "Return Value 3". This is clearly the area where you should focus your troubleshooting for that particular Setup problem.
However, there are times when "FatalError" does not follow a line with "Return Value 3". In the following text taken from a log file, "FatalError" precedes "Return Value 3":In this case, searching the log file for "FatalError" shows you that Office Setup is having a problem with a custom action (CARunCostIE5) that determines how much disk space Internet Explorer 5 requires. So you want to focus your troubleshooting on items like the following:
Action start 9:26:59: CARunCostIE5.
Action ended 9:26:59: CARunCostIE5. Return value 3.
Action start 9:26:59: FatalError.
Action 9:26:59: FatalError. Dialog created
Action ended 9:28:41: FatalError. Return value 2.
Action ended 9:28:41: INSTALL. Return value 3.
238319 OFF2000: "Installation Ended Prematurely Because of an Error" Message When Setup Cannot Find IE5 Folder
- Is Internet Explorer 5 installed? If so, does a repair operation fix any problems?
- Are you installing Office from a network drive? If so, are there any spaces in the path to the \IE5 folder in the root of the Office share? Does the \IE5 folder exist in the root of the Office share? Has the \IE5 folder been renamed? If so, rename it back to IE5.
- Are you using a transform with custom Internet Explorer 5 settings? If so, does Setup work without the transform?
- One thing to search for is the string "Note". In one case where Setup generated the "Installation ended prematurely because of an error" message, the following text was located in a search for "Note":
- Sometimes when reviewing a log file, you do not find "Note", "FatalError", or an error number. Instead you may see text similar to the following: In this case, Setup is having a problem applying a transform because it is using the path to the transform C:\\Desktop.mst. For more information about this issue, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
1: 2203 2: C:\\Desktop.mst 3: -2147024843
Error applying transforms. Verify that the specified transform paths are valid.
C:\\Desktop.mst228639 OFF2000: "Error Applying Transforms" Message When You Run Setup from a Hyperlink
Verbose Log FilesAll of the techniques listed in the "Windows Installer Log" section can be used on verbose log files. However, verbose logging increases Setup times, so you should only use verbose logging if you are having Setup problems that cannot be diagnosed with a default log file.
- Generating a Verbose Log File
If you want to create a very detailed Windows Installer log file, you can use the verbose parameter v for the /L switch. To do this, use the following command line to run Office Setup:path\setup.exe /L*v C:\Verboselog.txtThe above command line creates the verbose log file Verboselog.txt on the root of your C: drive. You can also specify any path and file name for this log file.
- Diagnosing When Setup Stops Responding
At times, Office Setup stops responding (hangs), and you do not receive any error message. The best thing to do in this situation is to restart your computer, and re-run Office Setup with verbose logging turned on (with one additional option). To do this, start Office Setup by doing the following:
- On the Start menu, click Run.
- In the Open box, type the following command line and click OK: path\Setup.exe /L*v! C:\Verboselog.txtNote In this example, path is the full path to your Office source location.
After you create the verbose log file, scroll to the end and look at the last one or two lines. These lines tell you what Setup was trying to do when it stopped. For example, you may see text similar to the following:This indicates a problem with the custom action for MMCQueryAction, which checks .mmc files. Because ClipArt installs .mmc files, you should check any installed programs that install ClipArt before you proceed with Office Setup.
Action start 11:14:57: CaMMCQueryAction.
MSI (c) (51:65): Creating MSIHANDLE (143) of type 790542 for thread -91547
In another case, you may see text similar to the following in your log file:This indicates a problem with an Office Removal Wizard operation. It can occur when Office 2000 Setup is having a problem removing your previous version of Microsoft Office. Try uninstalling the previous version of Office, and then re-run Office 2000 Setup.Note Office Setup uses the following prefixes for custom actions. If the log file indicates a problem with a custom action, these prefixes give a good indication of where to start your troubleshooting.
MSI (c) (07:A5): Doing action: OPCRemove
Action start 15:21:07: OPCRemove.
MSI (c) (07:A5): Creating MSIHANDLE (36) of type 790542 for thread 165
- OLCA - Outlook Custom Action
- OPC - Office Removal Wizard
- CAG, CaMMC - Associated with ClipArt
- IE - Internet Explorer
Article ID: 237957 - Last Review: Jul 19, 2007 - Revision: 1