MS05-004 TargetInvocationException

When I’m trying to run the 886903 update, I get a TargetInvocation exception in some SL?.tmp on two different machines (XP SP2, 2000Pro) with Visual Studio .NET 2003 and 830348 installed.

Unfortunately, the underlying exception (0xe0434f4d) is less informative than E_FAIL.


The underlying problem is a Windows Installer 1612 error, like described here:

I used this to reinstall .NET 1.1., SP1 and KB886903 following these instructions (German):,

(English translation by Google:

Please note, this is a hack and no root cause analysis. It may or may not work for you and hose your machine to any extent possible. Do not try this at home.


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