Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Error 32003 vsvars32.bat could not be opened for write solution

During installation of Visual Studio 2008 SP1 I got this problem:

Patch (C:\Users\JTB\AppData\Local\Temp\Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 SP1\VS90sp1-KB945140-X86-ENU.msp) install failed on product (Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU). Msi Log: Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 SP1_20080813_150733058-Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU-MSP0.txt
Final Result: Installation failed with error code: (0x80070643), Fatal error during installation.

I then tried to run VS90sp1-KB945140-X86-ENU.msp manually and got this message box.

Error 32003.File ‘C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\Tools\vsvars32.bat’ could not be opened for write.

To solve it by I giving myself write permissions.



  1. Thank you. It worked for me too.

  2. AnonymousJuly 30, 2009

    This fix works for the latest service pack:
    Security Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 (KB971092)


  3. AnonymousJuly 23, 2010

    thanks..saves me time searching for other solution.
    This issue happened for me while installing SP1 on my Win7 virtual machine.


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