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Error 916760 - Cannot install SQL Server 2005 - failed

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I am trying to install SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition, everything runs ok, when it failed with the error #916760..I found something on Microsoft Support (provided below)......I tried 3 times, following the "workaround" but still the same.....any idea what is going on, please??????


ERROR # 916760

CAUSE
This problem occurs because the folders that contain the files that are required during the installation of SQL Server 2005 do not have a correct layout.

This problem is most likely to occur if you start the SQL Server 2005 installation from a folder on a network share or on a hard disk when the folder was copied from the SQL Server 2005 installation CDs.
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WORKAROUND
To work around this problem, set the folders in the correct layout for the SQL Server 2005 installation.

The SQL Server 2005 installation uses the following two folders:" Servers
" Tools
These two folders must be under the same level of a folder or the root folder of a drive. The names of these folders must be exactly Servers and Tools. The Servers folder contains all the files that are required to install major SQL Server 2005 components, such as database engine. The Tools folder contains tools components and Books Online for SQL Server 2005.
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MORE INFORMATION
To copy the files from the SQL Server 2005 installation CDs to a location and then install SQL Server 2005 from that location, follow these steps:

Note In this example, the D:\SQLServer2005 folder is the location to which you want to copy the files from the SQL Server 2005 installation CDs. 1. In the D:\SQLServer2005 folder, create the following two subfolders:" Servers
" Tools
 
2. Copy all the files from the SQL Server 2005 installation CD that is named Servers to the D:\SQLServer2005\Servers folder.
3. Copy all the files from the SQL Server 2005 installation CD that is named Tools to the D:\SQLServer2005\Tools folder.
4. Open the D:\SQLServer2005\Servers folder, and then double-click Setup.exe to start the SQL Server 2005 Setup program.
Similarly, if you downloaded SQL Server 2005 Developer Community Technology Preview (CTP) from the MSDN download site, the full product is split into two separate downloads. To perform a complete installation of SQL Server 2005, you must download both the Servers and Tools files to folders that are named Servers and Tools.
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The only possible reason why this would fail is media corruption. Try to get a fresh download or another CD and try to install directly from the CD

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Do you have any remaining mssql 2005 references in the add/remove programs?
I think the installer leaves a log file.  You could look through that to see the reason for the error.  You might need to use regedit to remove the entries that should not be there.
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