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SQL 2008 R2 Install Error: The specified driver is invalid

Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 Domain Controller, brand new install.
Only other thing running on it is the XenApp licensing manager from Citrix

SQL 2008 R2 Strandard will not install properly. This is a download from the Volume Licensing Center.
I'll get part way through the installation and get "the specified driver is invalid"

Only thing I am coming up through google is using lodctr /r but that doesn't fix it.

No errors in the event log with SQL 2008 R2 uninstalled.
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PyanfarChanurCommented:
Is the SQL Server 2008 R2 also 64-bit?

More importantly, how are you attempting to run the installer?  

I have the best luck when the files are on the server and I'm not trying to run over the network.  Just run from the server (and Run as Administrator, of course).  

If you pulled down an ISO from MSDN, just extract the files (many free utilities to do this) into a proper file/folder structure, then launch the setup from the extracted files (and you can delete the files/folders when you're done).

Be sure you also run through the Prerequisite checker - it's really very useful.  Do we have any more information on *which* driver is conking out on you?
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ITD_TechnicianAuthor Commented:
The SQL installer has both 32 and 64 bit versions. It looks like it chooses which one after it does a check.
I downloaded the iso from the Volume Licensing Centre, extracted it using WinRar.
Then I run the setup file from the folder.
The only thing I've noticed that is strange so far is that I have to put the key in manually. It can't pull the info from the DefaultSetup file.

I'll do the install again and write down the file its screwing up on. Bare with me
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ITD_TechnicianAuthor Commented:
System Configuration Checker flags nothing except a warning about being a DC.


SqlEngineConfigAction_install_configrc_Cpu64.

See screen shot
driver-error.JPG
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ITD_TechnicianAuthor Commented:
I am starting to wonder if there is something wrong with the Volume Licensing download. Even though I chose english, I am finding Chinese or Japanese characters in some of the files.

(I've blurred out the key area in the screenshot)
driver-error-config-file.JPG
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ITD_TechnicianAuthor Commented:
I am downloading the media from the MSDN site to see if there is a difference. It'll take a few hours though.
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ITD_TechnicianAuthor Commented:
Same error with MSDN media
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ITD_TechnicianAuthor Commented:
Looks like its a call to Microsoft. If they figure out the problem I will post here.
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ITD_TechnicianAuthor Commented:
Apparently extracting the ISO with Magic ISO, versus WinRAR, and running the installer from an external hard drive fixed the issue.
Also creating a domain user account to run the services, rather then using SYSTEM
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