"Microsoft sql server desktop engine needs to instalt" over and over again!!

Posted on 2009-12-16
Last Modified: 2013-12-05
Our accountant keeps getting this message over and over again "microsoft sql server desktop engine needs to install" and just when it looks like it will finish, it starts all over again. The little bit of info I found on Google said something might be wrong in the Registry.

The PC has Windows XP Pro /w service pack 3 and uses ADP Payroll for Windows software.

Its driving her nuts! Need help!
Question by:TheHappyTech
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    Make sure that the computer in logged in with someone with administrator privileges to install sql server.  If she tried to install with less than administrator privileges, she may need to completely misted and remove it under administrator privileges and then reinstall .

    Author Comment

    Her computer has administrator privileges and I already uninstalled/re-installed sql the day before and its still popping up on her screen constantly.

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    Assisted Solution

    needs to install what ?
    If everything works OK then one of the options is
    to check in the registry startup entries and delete the one
    that should not be there (pertinent to sql installation).
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    by:Jim P.
    Does the machine have another version installed already?

    Accepted Solution

    Well, everything that I googled said that I should just set up her HP printer as a local install instead of a network printer. Bam, no more messages!

    Thank you everything,
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    by:Jim P.
    What does installing MSDE have to do with HP printers?

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