"Error 1311. Source file not found…" error message when you install Office XP from the CD on a Windows 2000-based workstation


When you try to install Office XP from the CD on a Microsoft Windows 2000-based workstation, you may receive an error message similar to the following in the verbose log:
Error 1311. Source file not found(cabinet): D:\filename.cab. Verify that the file exists and that you can access it.
You then cannot complete the installation.

NOTE: This behavior may occur when you try to install any Windows Installer-based program.


This behavior may occur if the Windows 2000 security policy is set to restrict CD access to the locally logged-on user only. The Windows Installer does not install the software as the locally logged-on user; if that policy is in effect, Windows Installer cannot access the CD.


To resolve this problem, copy the contents of the Office CD to a folder on your hard disk or to a network share, and then run Office Setup from this folder. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. On your desktop, double-click My Computer.
  2. Double-click the local or network drive on which you want to create a new folder.


    On the Tools menu, click Map Network Drive, type a server and share path, click OK, and then double-click that network drive.
  3. On the File menu, point to New, and then click Folder.
  4. Type a name for the new folder, and then press ENTER. For example, type OfficeXPCD.
  5. Insert the Office CD into your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive. Hold down SHIFT as you insert the CD to prevent Setup from starting automatically.
  6. In My Computer, right-click the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, and then click Explore.
  7. On the Edit menu, click Select All.
  8. On the Edit menu, click Copy.
  9. Right-click the folder that you created in step 3, and then click Paste.
  10. When all the files have been copied to the new folder, quit all other programs that are running, and then double-click Setup.exe in the folder that you created in step 3 to start Windows Installer and Office Setup.
  11. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the Office installation.

More Information

For additional information about how to troubleshoot setup problems, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
296603 How To Use an Office XP Setup Log File to Troubleshoot Setup Problems in Office XP

For additional information about problems installing from a CD, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
299774 OFF: Error Message: Setup Was Terminated Due to an Error

Article ID: 325076 - Last Review: Dec 3, 2007 - Revision: 1