You try to install AutoCAD or other Autodesk programs from a deployment, a download or from a DVD, it starts to install and gets part, or most of the way done, then "rolls back" and you notice in the log file a 1603 error. Basically what it comes down to is that we're being denied access to something. Older installers used to give us clues as to what that something was, maybe it would show us a mapped drive and path and we'd follow that only to find out that it hadn't been mapped on that machine yet. Strange things like that. Here is my goto list of things that resolve it most of the time for me, the list does get updated from time to time. Some of these your IT will have to perform.
The most common causes of the 1603 error code are:
1) We need admin permissions to install.
Login as the admin (local if you're installing from a DVD, or Domain if you're installing from a deployment). It could also be not enough permissions to write back to the network log location. Or you're using a mapped drive and the permissions are a little different.
2) Too many files in the temp folder
Change thelocation of the temp and tmp files using the Windows Environment variables (all4 of them, 2 under "user" 2 under "system") to a brand new folder created using the login you're using to install.
3) Access being denied to update/change a registry key. I've even seen this under an admin login.
You may want to try another login.
4) Installing Mech to a D:\ when the D:\ doesn't exist as a local hard drive.
5) An older version of the DWF Viewer or Design Review, or Internet Explorer on the system.
Uninstall these programs, reboot, and try again using the boot up suggestion below. For Internet Explorer you will want to upgrade it to a newer release.
6) When you configured the deployment you included some Mapped drives. Seen mostly in the support file search paths or the paths to thepc3 and ctb files, but the mapped drive does not exist on this machine.
Map to the correct folder.
7) Anti-virus, anti-spyware or the User Access Control (UAC) turned on.
Turn them off before attempting an install. Especially the UAC as it denies access to a few different places on the hard drive.
8) Path to the setup.exe or shortcut icon on the network drive is too long.
9) Unable to overwrite newer files on the system, for example: C++ (or another component that is being installed) has been updated and we’re trying to install an older version.
We have two other blogs that may also help you.
Autodesk Installation Error: Installation log error 1603 - by Cherisse Biddulph
We saw this one a lot iwth the 2012 programs.
Revit Server 2014: Install Error 1603 & or 1619 - By Sherry Pittman
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