Note The following sample script installs security update MS04-038.
Set oShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
oShell.Run "c:\temp\ms04-038\WindowsXP-KB834707-x86-enu /quiet /passive /norestart",0, True
Set oShell = Nothing
The update in this sample should install silently. However, the Open File - Security Warning dialog box is displayed because the update file is downloaded from the Internet and is therefore considered dangerous.
This behavior is new in Windows XP SP2 because of the addition of the Attachment Execution Services (AES). Every program that is run by using the ShellExecute() API passes through AES. AES considers the downloaded update file to be from the Internet Zone. Therefore, AESdisplays the Open File - Security Warning dialog box. AES examines the file to see whether the file has a file stream of the type Zone.Identifier. Then AES determines what zone the file is from and what level of protection to apply when the file is run.
Temporarily change the SEE_MASK_NOZONECHECKS environment variable to 1.
Note Do not use this as a permanent system environment variable because it will disable all Zone Checking.
To temporarily change the SEE_MASK_NOZONECHECKS environment variable so that you can silently install a hotfix in Windows XP SP2, use the following sample script:
set oShell= CreateObject("Wscript.Shell")
set oEnv = oShell.Environment("PROCESS")
oEnv("SEE_MASK_NOZONECHECKS") = 1
oShell.Run "c:\ms04-038\WindowsXP-KB834707-x86-enu /quiet /passive /norestart",0,True
Method 2: Use a command script
You can use a command script instead of a Visual Basic script to silently install a hotfix or an update. To do this, follow these steps:
- Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
- At the command prompt, type the following lines, and press ENTER after each line:@echo off
c:\ms04-038\WindowsXP-KB834707-x86-enu /quiet /passive /norestart
- After the installation is complete, type exit, and then press ENTER to close the command prompt.
If you have limited programming experience, you may want to contact a Microsoft Certified Partner or Microsoft Advisory Services. For more information, visit these Microsoft Web sites:
Microsoft Certified Partners - https://partner.microsoft.com/global/30000104
Microsoft Advisory Services - http://support.microsoft.com/gp/advisoryservice
For more information about the support options that are available and about how to contact Microsoft, visit the following Microsoft Web site:http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=fh;EN-US;CNTACTMS
Article ID: 889815 - Last Review: Mar 29, 2017 - Revision: 3