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Article ID: 247567

Article Last Modified on 11/1/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Enterprise Edition

This article was previously published under Q247567


When you want to install Windows NT Service Pack 4 in an unattended mode by use of the -u and -q switches, the installation may stop when the license agreement appears, possibly requiring operator input for the service pack installation to proceed. The -u and -q switches can be applied to the archive for Service Pack 4 (Sp4i386.exe) or to the Service Pack 4 update program (Update.exe) produced by expanding the archived service pack. The archive and the update program are able to interpret and accept the available switches.


The issue can occur when switches are used with the archive and the .exe file extension is included. For example, if you run sp4i386.exe -u or -q, the license agreement is presented and the installation stops.


To resolve this issue, when you applying Service Pack 4 by archive while using switches, do not use the .exe extension. Instead, use the following syntax, sp4i386 -u or sp4i386 -q.


The following are installation switches that can be used with the Sp4i386.exe archive or the Update.exe tool. The following syntax help is available by typing update /?, but only after the Update.exe tool. Note that /? does not work when passed to the Service Pack 4 Archive:

UPDATE [-u] [-f] [-n] [-o] [-z] [-q]

  • -u unattended mode
  • -f forces other programs to close at shutdown
  • -n do not back up files for uninstallation
  • -o overwrite OEM files without prompting
  • -z do not reboot when installation is complete
  • -q quiet mode, no user interaction

See the Readme.txt file included in the Service Pack 4 archive or on the Service Pack 4 CD-ROM for more information.

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