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Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express

by wurtzinger / March 7, 2008 11:59 PM PST

I am trying to install SQL Server 2005 Express on a Toshiba Satellite with Vista Home Premium O/S.

An error message says there is a known compatability issue between SQL and Vista. The error is:
SQL Server cannot write system databases to C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Data\ because it contains files from a previous installation. To continue, move the databases from the specified folder, or specify a different installation folder. Then run SQL Server Setup again.

I uninstalled all SQL Program files using Control Panel. CCleaner (freeware) found SQL on my computer and the utility removed them.

SQL Server 2005 Express still has the same error when I try to install a program that needs it.

Can anyone help an old timer who isn't very techie?

Microsoft makes the Express version available for no charge but it isn't supported.

Thanks.

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are you installing the latest version?
by ramarc / March 8, 2008 2:14 AM PST
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SQL Vista issues
by wurtzinger / March 8, 2008 12:46 PM PST

Yes, thanks. I am trying to load the latest version directly from the Microsoft site.

I know it is supposed to work but for some reason, it doesn't and I get the errors indicated. I tried to re-install the Network platform referenced on the Microsoft page but it is already installed as part of the OS so it won't re-install - it just errors out and says it is already there without giving an option to reinstall it.

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