SQL Server Express install errors/crashes

By cfitzarl
Apr 21, 2010
  1. I am switching programming languages and have settled upon ASP.NET (C#). As such, I downloaded the Visual Studio 2010 IDE as well as trying to install the associated SQL Server that came with the install. This installation failed, claiming that files already existed.

    I then tried to install the regular edition of SQL Server 2008 Express, only to have it fail as well with an unspecified error. I tried it again, and the computer BSOD'd on me. I tried another install the majority of the programs installed, but I couldn't access the server instance (throwing all sorts of errors at me). I uninstalled that, and then deleted all of the folders in the Program Files folder and tried to install using a different download; it BSOD'd on me again. Upon restarting, it claims that the program installed, but the instance name and ID of the server is blank.

    All I want is to install this program, and it seems that no matter what I do, it fails, crashes, freezes, or does something that causes my computer to reject it.

    I have Windows 7 Home Premium.
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,145   +597

    hmm win/7 home may not be sufficient ...

    google for "win/7 sql install error"
  3. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,975   +9

    I did that, and came up with the suggestion to upgrade to Sql Server 2008 SP1. The problem is that I can't actually install this damn program properly in order to do that <.< .

    I downloaded the ISO and tried that way, and still no luck.
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