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  • To Whom It May Concern,

    When I am trying to install SQL Server Express 2008 I keep getting an error "The System cannot find the path specified." and the setup fails.  It tells me to uninstall sql express 2008 which I do through the comamnd prompt.  Then I try to reinstall and I keep getting the same error message.  HELP!!!
    Saturday, January 23, 2010 1:41 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    To troubleshoot the issue, try the following steps:
    1. Uninstall the existing SQL Server 2008 and all the components from the control panel. Remember to backup the user databases before uninstalling SQL Server.
    2. Backup the registry.
    3. Delete the following keys in regedit:
    --HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server
    --HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MSSQLServer
    4.  Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall  and delete all the sub-keys referencing SQL Server.
    5.  Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services and delete all the keys referencing SQL Server.
    6.  Rename all the SQL Server folders in the computer.
    7.  Download and install Windows Cleanup Utility:
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=290301
    Run the utility and remove any SQL Server components that you find.
    8. Reboot the machine
    9. Download and install Microsoft .Net Framework 3.5 SP1:
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=AB99342F-5D1A-413D-8319-81DA479AB0D7&displaylang=en
    10. Download and install Windows Installer 4.5.
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/942288
    11. Check if the computer has Visual Studio 2008.  If so, you need to install Visual Studio 2008 SP1. For more information, please see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/956139
    12. Download  SQL Server 2008 Express Edition Service Pack 1 and install it:
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=01AF61E6-2F63-4291-BCAD-FD500F6027FF&displaylang=en

    If it still fails, please provide us the error messages logged into the setup log files which are located in the %Program files%\Microsoft sql server\100\Setup bootstrap\Log\ folder. For more information about how to View and Read SQL Server Setup Log Files, please see http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms143702.aspx.

    If there are any more questions, please let me know.
    Thanks.


    ***Xiao Min Tan***Microsoft Online Community***
    Wednesday, January 27, 2010 9:39 AM
    Moderator

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  • Can you try it with the following flag:
     

    /INDICATEPROGRESS

    Specifies that the verbose Setup log file will be piped to the console.


    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms144259.aspx

    Also look in Event Viewer for related messages.




    Kalman Toth, SQL Server & BI Training, SSAS, SSIS, SSRS; http://www.SQLUSA.com
    Saturday, January 23, 2010 4:24 PM
  • Can you please give me the full command prompt you would enter for upgrading?  Should I just attempt doing the DBEngine at first??  I need the recommended full command path.
    Saturday, January 23, 2010 5:12 PM
  • Hi,

    To troubleshoot the issue, try the following steps:
    1. Uninstall the existing SQL Server 2008 and all the components from the control panel. Remember to backup the user databases before uninstalling SQL Server.
    2. Backup the registry.
    3. Delete the following keys in regedit:
    --HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server
    --HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MSSQLServer
    4.  Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall  and delete all the sub-keys referencing SQL Server.
    5.  Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services and delete all the keys referencing SQL Server.
    6.  Rename all the SQL Server folders in the computer.
    7.  Download and install Windows Cleanup Utility:
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=290301
    Run the utility and remove any SQL Server components that you find.
    8. Reboot the machine
    9. Download and install Microsoft .Net Framework 3.5 SP1:
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=AB99342F-5D1A-413D-8319-81DA479AB0D7&displaylang=en
    10. Download and install Windows Installer 4.5.
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/942288
    11. Check if the computer has Visual Studio 2008.  If so, you need to install Visual Studio 2008 SP1. For more information, please see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/956139
    12. Download  SQL Server 2008 Express Edition Service Pack 1 and install it:
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=01AF61E6-2F63-4291-BCAD-FD500F6027FF&displaylang=en

    If it still fails, please provide us the error messages logged into the setup log files which are located in the %Program files%\Microsoft sql server\100\Setup bootstrap\Log\ folder. For more information about how to View and Read SQL Server Setup Log Files, please see http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms143702.aspx.

    If there are any more questions, please let me know.
    Thanks.


    ***Xiao Min Tan***Microsoft Online Community***
    Wednesday, January 27, 2010 9:39 AM
    Moderator