Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64bit w/ all updates
I have a previous install of VS 2008 Pro that I got from my school's MSDNAA website which also installs a copy of SQL 2005 Server and the Windows SDK. I've tried several different methods to install the SQL 2008 Express to no avail, including but not limited to completely uninstalling VS2008 and all of its associated sub programs (that I know about). The only thing I know of that I have not tried is to format the system drive and install XP.
With SQL2005 The SQL2008 errors out telling me that it will not install with an occurrence of SQL2005 installed.
With VS installed (after SQL2005 is removed) the SQL installation errrors out telling me that I must update VS to SP1.
With VS removed the SQL2008 installation tells me that .NET 3.5 SP1 is required (system says 3.5 compact is installed). When I try to install either the bootstrap or full versions of .NET 3.5 SP1, the extraction completes and then the program process disapears.
I'm hoping that I might find someone else that's already had similar problems and can provide a list of steps to take that I might be able to get SQL 2008 Server Express functioning on this win7 machine.
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