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When you deploy a Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 Operating System Deployment (OSD) image to a collection of client computers, users may unintentionally start the installation process.
When the image is advertised to an SMS client, an installation icon appears in the client computer's taskbar. After the installation icon appears in the taskbar for some time, a notification dialog box appears. When this dialog box appears, a user may unintentionally start the installation by pressing a key. Because installation starts unexpectedly, users may not have enough time to close open programs and to back up data before the installation. Therefore, users may lose data.
This problem occurs because Install Now is the default option in the notification dialog box. If the user presses the I key, the space bar, or the ENTER key, the installation setup starts.
This problem occurs because users trigger the installation accidentally by pressing the I key, the space bar, or the enter key because Install Now is the default button.
A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.
If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, submit a request to Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.
Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.
No prerequisites are required to install this hotfix.
You do not have to restart your computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement information
This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.
The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
After you install this hotfix, users will receive an SMS OS Deployment dialog box that notifies them that they are about to upgrade the operating system. The dialog box prompts users to close open programs, to save files, and to click Yes to continue. However, the default option in the dialog box is No. Therefore, users cannot unintentionally start the installation by pressing ENTER.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
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