9 Jan 12 23:38
I have SQL Server 2005 setup executables that I have successfully set up on Windows XP previously. I am now trying to install it to my Windows 7 machine.
On firing up setup.exe, I immediately received the message that there was a compatability issue and that I needed to install SQL Server 2005 service pack 3 after install before running SQL Server. Fine, I proceeded with the install.
The initial install proceeded well up to the step 'Visual Studio Integrated Development...', and then fell over with no specific error. FYI - I have .Net Framework Version 4 Extended installed and visible in Programs.
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I then installed SQL Server 2005 service pack 3 and attempted to install client tools again. However, it keeps falling over on the same step...'Visual Studio Integrated Development...'
FYI - the installer informs me that I have an instance of SQL Server already installed (expected), but now I cannot even find the usual SQL Server programs in 'Programs and Features' to uninstall them and get a fresh start.
I have been on this merry-go-round for a while now and am starting to get dizzy. Any help much appreciated.
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