How does the AX Hotfix / Service Pack installer detect existing AOS instances

Have you ever wondered how the AX Hotfix / Service Pack installer detects existing AOS instances?

These information can be found in the Installer Registry under the following Registry Key:


Every AOS Instance has it’s own class Id.
This class id looks like this FA15D12F8BB2D1C4282780DBCF31Axxx (where xxx is a uniqe number).

For example:
If I have 2 AOS instances on my machine then I may find the following registry keys:


Additional information
If those keys have a subkey named Patches then they are marked as updated.
The entries in this subkey contain information about the applied patches.

Comments (2)

  1. Enrico says:

    Thanks for the info.

    I’m wondering if it is possible to steer the patching of a specific AOS (if more than 1 is installed) by a special command line parameter?



  2. Hi Enrico

    Please find some information about this here:

    The parameter for the AOS instance is: AosInstanceName

    Best regards,


    (Member of the EMEA Dynamics AX Support Blog Team)