it appears that package installer 893803 is not part of the XPSP3, or at least that's what it says at KB946480.
I don't know how to answer your Q if it's an IE7 thing or not.
Thanks, I was only leaving some comments after trying HFSLIP tool - I find it very useful.
I tried to use nlite, but it failed to produce successfull installation cd XPSP3+IE7
(battery problem - looks like unsigned drivers settins were to blame).
Then I found that nLite does more than I wanted (editing sfc.dlls) and since there
is this HFSLIP tool that any reasonable user can use, STUDY and, in case
of problem, FIX himself, I was delighted.
FYI: when trying to install 893803 under XPSP3 message says that
newer package installer version is already included.
That "question" about IE7 was not really a question ;-) but only information
that it was not exactly fresh XPSP3, but IE7 was extra added (so that
might caused mentioned symptoms).
Anyway, I will try to install really clean XPSP3, then 893803 and report
One question about scripting - I am new to cmd, but it looks like pretty good
shell (bash is my poison), but can you tell me why HFSLIP does not use
parameters when CALL-ing "shell functions" (i.e. CALL :HF %hotfix_filename%)?
Some 2K/XP/2003/Vista incompatibility? cmd limitation?