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Article ID: 888310 - Last Review: October 9, 2011 - Revision: 3.0

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When you try to install a program that uses Microsoft Windows Installer 3.0 on a Microsoft Windows XP-based computer, the installation may fail. Additionally, the following error message may be logged in the Windows Installer debug log:
DEBUG: Error 2203: Database: C:\WINDOWS\Installer\<file>.msi. Cannot open database file. System error -2147287008
Note In this error message, <file> is a placeholder for the name of the .msi file (package) that you are trying to install.


This problem occurs because the StgCreateDocfile function fails with a STG_E_SHAREVIOLATION return value. When this occurs, the CHandle class cannot find the file handle in the global list for a database file that is required to install the program.


Hotfix information

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. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

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, contact 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.


To apply this hotfix, you must have Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) installed on the computer.

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

File information

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 tool in Control Panel.
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.


For more information about How to Enable Windows Installer Logging in Windows XP, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
314852  ( ) How to enable Windows Installer logging in Windows XP
For more information about how hotfix packages are named, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
816915  ( ) New file naming schema for Microsoft Windows software update packages
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684  ( ) Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

  • Microsoft Windows Installer 3.0
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