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Return Codes

Updated: May 31, 2012

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1

This topic describes User State Migration Tool (USMT) 5.0 return codes and error messages. Also included is a table listing the USMT return codes with their associated mitigation steps. In addition, this topic provides tips to help you use the logfiles to determine why you received an error.

Understanding the requirements for running USMT can help minimize errors in your USMT migrations. For more information, see USMT Requirements

If you encounter an error in your USMT migration, you can use return codes and the more specific information provided in the associated USMT error messages to troubleshoot the issue and to identify mitigation steps.

Return codes are grouped into the following broad categories that describe their area of error reporting:

  • Success or User Cancel

  • Invalid Command Lines

  • Setup and Initialization

  • Non-fatal Errors

  • Fatal Errors

As a best practice, we recommend that you set verbosity level to 5, /v:5, on the ScanState, LoadState, and UsmtUtils command lines so that the most detailed reporting is available in the respective USMT logs. You can use a higher verbosity level if you want the log files output to go to a debugger.

Error messages provide more detailed information about the migration problem than the associated return code. For example, the ScanState, LoadState, or UsmtUtils tool might return a code of "11” (for “USMT_INVALID_PARAMETERS") and a related error message that reads "/key and /keyfile both specified". The error message is displayed at the command prompt and is identified in the ScanState, LoadState, or UsmtUtils log files to help you determine why the return code was received.

You can obtain more information about any listed Windows application programming interface (API) system error codes by typing net helpmsg on the command line and, then typing the error code number. For more information about System Error Codes, see this Microsoft Web site.

The following table lists each return code by numeric value, along with the associated error messages and suggested troubleshooting actions.

 

Return code value Return code Error message Troubleshooting, mitigation, workarounds Category

0

USMT_SUCCESS

Successful run

Not applicable

Success or Cancel

1

USMT_DISPLAY_HELP

Command line help requested

Not applicable

Success or Cancel

2

USMT_STATUS_CANCELED

Gather was aborted because of an EFS file

Not applicable

User chose to cancel (such as pressing CTRL+C)

Not applicable

Success or Cancel

3

USMT_WOULD_HAVE_FAILED

At least one error was skipped as a result of /c

Review ScanState, LoadState, or UsmtUtils log for details about command-line errors.

11

USMT_INVALID_PARAMETERS

/all conflicts with /ui, /ue or /uel

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

/auto expects an optional parameter for the script folder

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

/encrypt can't be used with /nocompress

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

/encrypt requires /key or /keyfile

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

/genconfig can't be used with most other options

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

/genmigxml can't be used with most other options

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

/hardlink requires /nocompress

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

/key and /keyfile both specified

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

/key or /keyfile used without enabling encryption

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

/lae is only used with /lac

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

/listfiles cannot be used with /p

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

/offline requires a valid path to an XML file describing offline paths

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

/offlinewindir requires a valid path to offline windows folder

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

/offlinewinold requires a valid path to offline windows folder

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

A command was already specified

Verify that the command-line syntax is correct and that there are no duplicate commands.

An option argument is missing

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

An option is specified more than once and is ambiguous

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

By default /auto selects all users and uses the highest log verbosity level. Switches like /all, /ui, /ue, /v are not allowed.

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

Command line arguments are required. Specify /? for options.

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

Command line option is not valid

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

EFS parameter specified is not valid for /efs

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

File argument is invalid for /genconfig

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

File argument is invalid for /genmigxml

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

Invalid space estimate path. Check the parameters and/or file system permissions

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

List file path argument is invalid for /listfiles

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

Retry argument must be an integer

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

Settings store argument specified is invalid

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors. Make sure that the store path is accessible and that the proper permission levels are set.

Specified encryption algorithm is not supported

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

The /efs:hardlink requires /hardlink

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

The /targetWindows7 option is only available for Windows XP, Windows Vista®, and Windows 7

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

The store parameter is required but not specified

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

The source-to-target domain mapping is invalid for /md

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

The source-to-target user account mapping is invalid for /mu

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

Undefined or incomplete command line option

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

Invalid Command Lines

Use /nocompress, or provide an XML file path with /p"pathtoafile" to get a compressed store size estimate

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

User exclusion argument is invalid

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

Verbosity level must be specified as a sum of the desired log options: Verbose (0x01), Record Objects (0x04), Echo to debug port (0x08)

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

Volume shadow copy feature is not supported with a hardlink store

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

Wait delay argument must be an integer

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

12

USMT_ERROR_OPTION_PARAM_TOO_LARGE

Command line arguments cannot exceed 256 characters

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

Invalid Command Lines

Specified settings store path exceeds the maximum allowed length of 256 characters

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

13

USMT_INIT_LOGFILE_FAILED

Log path argument is invalid for /l

When /l is specified in the ScanState command line, USMT validates the path. Verify that the drive and other information, for example file system characters, are correct.

Invalid Command Lines

14

USMT_ERROR_USE_LAC

Unable to create a local account because /lac was not specified

When creating local accounts, the command-line options /lac and /lae should be used.

Invalid Command Lines

26

USMT_INIT_ERROR

Multiple Windows installations found

Listfiles.txt could not be created. Verify that the location you specified for the creation of this file is valid.

Setup and Initialization

Software malfunction or unknown exception

Check all loaded .xml files for errors, common error when using /I to load the Config.xml file.

Unable to find a valid Windows directory to proceed with requested offline operation; Check if offline input file is present and has valid entries

Verify that the offline input file is present and that it has valid entries. USMT could not find valid offline operating system. Verify your offline directory mapping.

27

USMT_INVALID_STORE_LOCATION

A store path can't be used because an existing store exists; specify /o to overwrite

Specify /o to overwrite an existing intermediate or migration store.

Setup and Initialization

A store path is missing or has incomplete data

Make sure that the store path is accessible and that the proper permission levels are set.

An error occurred during store creation

Make sure that the store path is accessible and that the proper permission levels are set. Specify /o to overwrite an existing intermediate or migration store.

An inappropriate device such as a floppy disk was specified for the store

Make sure that the store path is accessible and that the proper permission levels are set.

Invalid store path; check the store parameter and/or file system permissions

Invalid store path; check the store parameter and/or file system permissions

The file layout and/or file content is not recognized as a valid store

Make sure that the store path is accessible and that the proper permission levels are set. Specify /o to overwrite an existing intermediate or migration store.

The store path holds a store incompatible with the current USMT version

Make sure that the store path is accessible and that the proper permission levels are set.

The store save location is read-only or does not support a requested storage option

Make sure that the store path is accessible and that the proper permission levels are set.

28

USMT_UNABLE_GET_SCRIPTFILES

Script file is invalid for /i

Check all specified migration .xml files for errors. This is a common error when using /i to load the Config.xml file.

Setup and Initialization

Unable to find a script file specified by /i

Verify the location of your script files, and ensure that the command-line options are correct.

29

USMT_FAILED_MIGSTARTUP

A minimum of 250 MB of free space is required for temporary files

Verify that the system meets the minimum temporary disk space requirement of 250 MB. As a workaround, you can set the environment variable USMT_WORKING_DIR=<path> to redirect the temporary files working directory.

Setup and Initialization

Another process is preventing migration; only one migration tool can run at a time

Check the ScanState log file for migration .xml file errors.

Failed to start main processing, look in log for system errors or check the installation

Check the ScanState log file for migration .xml file errors.

Migration failed because of an XML error; look in the log for specific details

Check the ScanState log file for migration .xml file errors.

Unable to automatically map the drive letters to match the online drive letter layout; Use /offline to provide a mapping table

Check the ScanState log file for migration .xml file errors.

31

USMT_UNABLE_FINDMIGUNITS

An error occurred during the discover phase; the log should have more specific information

Check the ScanState log file for migration .xml file errors.

Setup and Initialization

32

USMT_FAILED_SETMIGRATIONTYPE

An error occurred processing the migration system

Check the ScanState log file for migration .xml file errors, or use online Help by typing /? on the command line.

Setup and Initialization

33

USMT_UNABLE_READKEY

Error accessing the file specified by the /keyfile parameter

Check the ScanState log file for migration .xml file errors, or use online Help by typing /? on the command line.

Setup and Initialization

The encryption key must have at least one character

Check the ScanState log file for migration .xml file errors, or use online Help by typing /? on the command line.

34

USMT_ERROR_INSUFFICIENT_RIGHTS

Directory removal requires elevated privileges

Log on as Administrator, and run with elevated privileges.

Setup and Initialization

No rights to create user profiles; log in as Administrator; run with elevated privileges

Log on as Administrator, and run with elevated privileges.

No rights to read or delete user profiles; log in as Administrator, run with elevated privileges

Log on as Administrator, and run with elevated privileges.

35

USMT_UNABLE_DELETE_STORE

A reboot is required to remove the store

Reboot to delete any files that could not be deleted when the command was executed.

Setup and Initialization

A store path can't be used because it contains data that could not be overwritten

A migration store could not be deleted. If you are using a hardlink migration store you might have a locked file in it. You should manually delete the store, or use usmtutils /rd command to delete the store.

There was an error removing the store

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

36

USMT_ERROR_UNSUPPORTED_PLATFORM

Compliance check failure; please check the logs for details

Investigate whether there is an active temporary profile on the system.

Setup and Initialization

Use of /offline is not supported during apply

The /offline command was not used while running in the Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE).

Use /offline to run gather on this platform

The /offline command was not used while running in Windows PE.

37

USMT_ERROR_NO_INVALID_KEY

The store holds encrypted data but the correct encryption key was not provided

Verify that you have included the correct encryption /key or /keyfile.

Setup and Initialization

38

USMT_ERROR_CORRUPTED_NOTENCRYPTED_STORE

An error occurred during store access

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors. Make sure that the store path is accessible and that the proper permission levels are set.

Setup and Initialization

39

USMT_UNABLE_TO_READ_CONFIG_FILE

Error reading Config.xml

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors in the Config.xml file.

Setup and Initialization

File argument is invalid for /config

Check the command line you used to load the Config.xml file. You can use online Help by typing /? on the command line.

40

USMT_ERROR_UNABLE_CREATE_PROGRESS_LOG

Error writing to the progress log

The Progress log could not be created. Verify that the location is valid and that you have write access.

Setup and Initialization

Progress log argument is invalid for /progress

The Progress log could not be created. Verify that the location is valid and that you have write access.

41

USMT_PREFLIGHT_FILE_CREATION_FAILED

Can't overwrite existing file

The Progress log could not be created. Verify that the location is valid and that you have write access.

Setup and Initialization

Invalid space estimate path. Check the parameters and/or file system permissions

Review ScanState log or LoadState log for details about command-line errors.

42

USMT_ERROR_CORRUPTED_STORE

The store contains one or more corrupted files

Review UsmtUtils log for details about the corrupted files. For information on how to extract the files that are not corrupted, see Extract Files from a Compressed USMT Migration Store.

61

USMT_MIGRATION_STOPPED_NONFATAL

Processing stopped due to an I/O error

USMT exited but can continue with the /c command-line option, with the optional configurable <ErrorControl> section or by using the /vsc command-line option.

Non-fatal Errors

71

USMT_INIT_OPERATING_ENVIRONMENT_FAILED

A Windows Win32 API error occurred

Data transfer has begun, and there was an error during the creation of migration store or during the apply phase. Review the ScanState log or LoadState log for details.

Fatal Errors

An error occurred when attempting to initialize the diagnostic mechanisms such as the log

Data transfer has begun, and there was an error during the creation of migration store or during the apply phase. Review the ScanState log or LoadState log for details.

Failed to record diagnostic information

Data transfer has begun, and there was an error during the creation of migration store or during the apply phase. Review the ScanState log or LoadState log for details.

Unable to start. Make sure you are running USMT with elevated privileges

Exit USMT and log in again with elevated privileges.

72

USMT_UNABLE_DOMIGRATION

An error occurred closing the store

Data transfer has begun, and there was an error during migration-store creation or during the apply phase. Review the ScanState log or LoadState log for details.

Fatal Errors

An error occurred in the apply process

Data transfer has begun, and there was an error during migration-store creation or during the apply phase. Review the ScanState log or LoadState log for details.

An error occurred in the gather process

Data transfer has begun, and there was an error during migration-store creation or during the apply phase. Review the ScanState log or LoadState log for details.

Out of disk space while writing the store

Data transfer has begun, and there was an error during migration-store creation or during the apply phase. Review the ScanState log or LoadState log for details.

Out of temporary disk space on the local system

Data transfer has begun, and there was an error during migration-store creation or during the apply phase. Review the ScanState log or LoadState log for details.

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