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The HotFix.exe Utility


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By: Rod Trent
Posted On: 8/18/2003

Each Hotfix available from Microsoft utilizes the HotFix.exe utility. It is compressed within each HotFix, but you can download a stand-alone copy to take advantage of the host of useful features.

Download link: ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/bussys/utilities/hotfix/

HotFix.exe can be used for the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP1 and above
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP1 and above
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP1 and above
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Terminal Server Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server, Enterprise Edition 4.0

Hotfix.exe supports the following switches:

HOTFIX [-y] [-f] [-n] [-z] [-q] [-m] [-l]
-y Perform uninstall (only with -m or -q)
-f Force apps closed at shutdown
-n Do not create uninstall directory
-z Do not reboot when update completes
-q Quiet or Unattended mode with no user interface
(this switch is a superset of -m)
-m Unattended mode with user interface
-l List installed hotfixes

To view the available switches, type one of the following at a command
prompt:

hotfix /?
hotfix /help
hotfix /h

Some other applicable links for more information on HotFix.exe:

Installing Windows 2000 Hotfixes from a Network Share: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;262842

How to Install and Remove Hotfixes with HOTFIX.EXE: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;184305

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