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Error message when you try to install Windows XP SP3: "You do not have enough free disk space on %SystemDrive% to archive the uninstall files"

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When you try to install Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3), you may receive the following error message:
Service Pack 3 Setup Error
You do not have enough free disk space on %SystemDrive% to archive the uninstall files.
Additionally, the following error may be logged in the service pack installation log:
Note This installation log typically resides in the following location:

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This problem may occur if the free disk space that is available on the computer is insufficient to archive the uninstall files. (The uninstall files are also known as the backup files).

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To resolve this problem, free some disk space by deleting files that you do not require. The additional free disk space that you must have to archive the uninstall files is specified in the error message.

The Disk Cleanup tool helps you free space on your hard disk by searching the disk for files that you can safely delete. You can select for deletion some of or all the files on the list.

To start the Disk Cleanup tool, use one of the following methods:
  • Click Start, and then click Run. In the Open box, type cleanmgr, and then click OK.
  • Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Disk Cleanup.
  • In Windows Explorer or in My Computer, right-click the disk on which you want to free some space, click Properties, click the General tab, and then click Disk Cleanup.
For more information about the Disk Cleanup tool, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
310312 Description of the Disk Cleanup Tool in Windows XP

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For help with common system maintenance tasks in Windows Vista, visit the following Microsoft Web page:

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Article Info
Article ID : 949375
Revision : 3
Created on : 10/29/2009
Published on : 10/29/2009
Exists online : False
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