Getting MainEngineThread is returning 1603 when attempting to install SQl Server 2005 Standard Edition 32 Bit (5th instance)

Posted on 2008-11-07
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I have a Windows 2003 host, 32 bit, and I have 4 instances installed, including default instance.

When attempting to install the 5th instance the install craps out with:

MSI (s) (14:B0) [12:27:14:316]: Note: 1: 1708
MSI (s) (14:B0) [12:27:14:316]: Product: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 -- Installation failed.

MSI (s) (14:B0) [12:27:14:347]: Cleaning up uninstalled install packages, if any exist
MSI (s) (14:B0) [12:27:14:347]: MainEngineThread is returning 1603
MSI (s) (14:8C) [12:27:14:457]: Destroying RemoteAPI object.
MSI (s) (14:50) [12:27:14:457]: Custom Action Manager thread ending.
=== Logging stopped: 11/7/2008  12:27:14 ===
MSI (c) (64:18) [12:27:14:504]: Decrementing counter to disable shutdown. If counter >= 0, shutdown will be denied.  Counter after decrement: -1
MSI (c) (64:18) [12:27:14:504]: MainEngineThread is returning 1603
=== Verbose logging stopped: 11/7/2008  12:27:14 ===

What can I do to install this instance...

Thanks in advance for your help
Question by:dfr031260
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    Expert Comment

    by which account do you try to install the new instance... check it and compare with the old insatnces.. if its not the local sytem account then try to insstall it by this acount ...

    Author Comment

    I am using a domain account, the same one that I used to install the other instances.  Could it be possible I am running out of memory?
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    Accepted Solution

    I dont think that you are running out of memory.. check framework

    Expert Comment

    Here's a solution that worked for me..

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