2016 SQL Express fails to install


  • I have been googling and attempting to install this software for 2 days now.

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    Everything i try the software fails to install. Microsoft wants 600 to trouble shoot that?! that is insane. If i didn't know how to set it up or something pertaining to how to use it i understand but if the software wont even install then i think that extremely unacceptable.

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    so i uninstalled it. deleted all folders. removed registry keys pertaining to it and the uninstall registry keys. restart server 2012 R2 and attempt to reinstall and every time it fails. i get a message that sql server crashed and the error log has

    Feature:                       Database Engine Services
      Status:                        Failed: see logs for details
      Reason for failure:            An error occurred during the setup process of the feature.
      Next Step:                     Use the following information to resolve the error, uninstall this feature, and then run the setup process again.
      Component name:                SQL Server Database Engine Services Instance Features
      Component error code:          0x851A001A
      Error description:             Wait on the Database Engine recovery handle failed. Check the SQL Server error log for potential causes.
      Error help link:     

    everything else passes up to that point. i am the administrator and have domain rights. i checked for full access to the folder by system and my user. i restarted. i tried everything i can think of.

    i am installing from remotely using windows remote desktop. not sure if that matters. it is my physical server so i do have access to it.

    If i could use anything else i would. Anything any one can tell me would be appreciated.


    Was checking the event log and i see some errors about it can't find files. Looking at it it seems that its not looking at where we installed it at.

    It should be in D:\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL13.EFW\MSSQL

    however it's looking for D:\B\S2\Sources.obj.x86Release\sql\mkmastr\databases\mkmastr.proj\modellog.ldf

    So because i didn't do anything special other than chose a directory. That makes me think thier installer is glitched. how do i fix the directories.

    • Edited by toonamo Wednesday, November 9, 2016 4:50 PM more info
    Wednesday, November 9, 2016 4:36 PM

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