SharePoint 2013 Prerequisites fails with MSI Installer error code 1603 while installing AppFabric 1.1

SharePoint 2013 Prerequisites fails with MSI Installer error code 1603 while installing AppFabric 1.1

When installing SharePoint 2013 prerequisites on Windows Server 2008 R2, the prerequisite installer fails with the following error

Appfabric installation failed because installer MSI returned with error code:1603

This is a generic MSI error message and does not give any indication about how to get the issue fixed. Uninstall or reinstalling only makes it worse.

The issue can be caused due to the following:

  1. The path to the PowerShell executable that is needed for the AppFabric installation is incorrect.
  2. In some scenarios, repeated uninstallation and re-installation does not fix the issue. This is because the installer does not remove the PSModulePath entry in Environment Variables during un-installation and the installation fails because the entry already exists.
  3. If you are trying to install all the prerequisites manually as the server does not have a connection to internet. 
    Note: Appfabric installation and configuration has to be done by the prerequisite installer ONLY and not in a stand-alone manner.

    You can implement any one of the two solutions listed below

  • Solution 1 
    Append the following path to PSModulePath entry in the environment variables –%SYSTEMROOT%\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0 

  • Go to My Computer, right-click Properties
  • On the System’ page, click Advanced System Settings on the left-side pane.
  • If you receive a UAC prompt, click on Yes to launch the System Properties dialog box
  • From the Advanced tab, click Environment Variables
  • Within the System Variables section in the lower half, select PSModulePath and click on Edit(or double-click PSModulePath‘)
  • Append the following path to PSModulePath entry in the environment variables


  • Ensure that the PSModulePath entry looks like this: 
    C:\Windows\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\Modules\;c:\Program Files\AppFabric 1.1 for Windows Server\PowershellModules 




    You have to restart

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  1. Hello, It is usually possible to install Sharepoint 2013 on Windows Server 2012 R2 that does not support the prerequisites of tool by performing the following steps:

    1.Download de prerequisite files:

    “…”, # Microsoft Sync Framework Runtime v1.0 SP1 (x64)

    “…”, # Windows Server App Fabric

    “…”, # Cumulative Update Package 1 for Microsoft AppFabric 1.1 for Windows Server (KB2671763)

    “…”, # Microsoft Identity Extensions

    “…”, # Microsoft Information Protection and Control Client

    “…” # Microsoft WCF Data Services 5.0

    1. Installing “microsoftidentityextensions-64”
    2. Installing “synchronization”
    3. Installing “setup_msipc_x64”
    4. Installing “WcfDataServices”
      1. Install powershell via the “WindowsServerAppFabricSetup_x64.exe” command with the path where the executable:
        . \ WindowsServerAppFabricSetup_x64 / i CacheClient, CachingService, CacheAdmin / gac
    5. Installing “AppFabric1.1-RTM-KB2671763-x64-ENU”
    6. Reboot the Server


    1. there will be problem in the IIS
      also there is a workaround but we shall follow the recommended path
      any way 2012R2 is now supporting SharePoint 2013


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