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Install And Uninstall Problem


I am having very simular problems with installation and uninstallation as Laydee is having.

There had never been another instance of any type installed on my local computer, I installed SQLExpress because we want to begin migrating to something for the future, and after reviewing all the other options out there decided SQL Server 2005 would be the most efficient use of time and resources.

The initial installation was successful, and we were doing well, writing the new GUI in VB6, then decided we would try VB 2005 in order to take advantage of the .NET framework, stored queries, etc. the first time we accessed the database (Thank God it wasn't the production database) it corrupted something, somewhere and we never could get anything to work. In addition, even the sa login on the instance (the only instance, btw) SQLExpress wouldn't work.

Consequently did an uninstall. But it apparently did not uninstall cleanly.

Re-installed, and could not re-create the instance SQLExpress, since the installation package thinks it's still installed.

Uninstalled again, completely. Online E-Book, sample databases, the whole 9 yards. Even went into the program files directory and deleted the associated directory, and did a re-install. Still was unable to create the named instance SQLExpress. same problem, it thinks that instance already exist.

Uninstalled again, deleted the directory, even went through the registry with a fine toothed comb getting rid of anything that appeared to refer to that instance (SQLExpress), which is no easy task since that instance is also the name of the software package. Re-installed. Same game.

We are about to the point of giving up since we have spent so much time just on trying to get the engine installed again properly that we are considering other, apparently more reliable options. To bad. We already bought SQL Server 2005, and it appears it will be sitting in the vault unopened. If something is this unstable we can't risk installing it on the production systems.

So before I have to declare this whole debacle a total loss, anyone have any suggestions?

 

 


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