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Install SQL Server 2008 x64 The INSTANCESHAREDWOWDIR command line value is not valid

Posted By:      Posted Date: September 27, 2010    Points: 0   Category :Sql Server
My objective is to install SQL 2008 x64 on a brand new server running under Windows 2008.
VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 are installed and work fine.

I performed the following steps:

1.    Downloaded SQLFULL_X64_ENU.EXE from http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/bb851668.aspx
2.    Unpacked;
3.    run setup.exe as admin
4.    on SQL Server Installation Center: Installation | click "New SQL Server stand-alone"
5.    I didn't change the installation folder (grayed anyway)
6.    Followed the instructions. I selected Database Engine Services

I get the error message "The INSTANCESHAREDWOWDIR command line value is not valid".

I then tried to install with command prompt, with identical results:
For command prompt install I used the following bat file:

c:\users\public\downloads\mssql2008\setup.exe ^
-/Action=Install ^

I also tried to use setup100 (including the parameter /Timestamp) but I get the error message "the timestamp must be set before its first use".

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