From MS Support -
Error: 733F-- Services Failed to Start
Description: This error occurs when the installation program can't start the SQL Server
services. This can happen for several reasons including: expired account password,
invalid user account, user account does not have permission to start the service, or there
is something else wrong with the service.
Resolution: To help you determine which service is failing to start, view the summary.txt
file that is created at %programfiles%\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Setup Bootstrap\Log\Hotfix.
Once you determine which service is failing, do the following:
Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
Double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Services.
Locate the SQL Server service causing the problem and try to manually start the
If the service still does not start, try resetting the password or the user account.
After doing this, restart the service manually
More information: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/282254/en-us
If you need additional help, please post your summary.txt file located at
%programfiles%\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Setup Bootstrap\Log\Hotfix to the SQL Server Setup
MSDN forum at
TaurArian [MVP] 2005-2009 - Update Services
How to ask a question: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555375
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"Andy C" <Andy C@discussions.microsoft.com
> wrote in message
| All updates installed normally except the one for Sql Server 05
| error code 0x733F
| now i've followed several of the threads already provided concerning this
| problem however i now get an error saying "hotfix.exe" has crashed when i try
| installing teh update direct from
| and the the update still wont install
| getting frustrated as i feel i'm bumbling around clicking things and
| unclicking things without any idea of what the hell i'm doing
| can someone suggest anything for this techno-philistine, please bear in mind
| i have no idea what i'm doing