Thursday, 17 November 2005
So I've just taken delivery of a brand new laptop, a Dell D810. I put in the VS2005 disk and install, thinking that nothing can go wrong as it's a clean box. How wrong I was, SQLExpress failed to install, and I get the really useful log entry "Component Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition x86 returned an unexpected value"
Googling I found out that you can re-install SQLExpress from the VS2005 DVD, it's in [driver]:\vs\wcu\SSE\sqlexpr32.exe. Running this command causes the installer to run, and again it failed but this time I got a much more meaningful message.
I had compressed by C drive when I set this new machine up (I need the disk space) and it turns out the SQLExpress (and I guess SQL Server) can't be installed into a compressed directory. Uncompressing the directory, hitting re-try and I finally have a SQLExpress install. Wahoo! (I think)
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