the latest express version built on ssk25 sp2 is compatible with vista and won't provoke the first error message.
delete the entire ms sql server tree from program files to cure the next error.
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.