SQL Server Management Studio error

Posted on 2011-03-20
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
When starting Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio (for SQL Server 2008), I get the error cannot create a stable subkey under a volatile parent key.
How do I fix this?
Question by:Murray Brown
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ID: 35176408
Delete the registration key at HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Microsoft SQL Server or HKCU\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server. Before you delete the make sure that you create a back up of that by right-clicking it and selecting export and saving to a file, just to be on the safe side in case deleting that key creates any other problem. Next time you start Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio it should automatically configure as if it's starting for the first time.

Also seems like they also solved by uninstalling SQL Online Books along with Management Studio, and just reintalled the Studio without the books.  

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I hope that helps!


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by:Murray Brown
ID: 35176454
Thanks where do I find  HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Microsoft SQL Server ?

Expert Comment

ID: 35177907
Goto run, regedit, navigate from there to HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Microsoft SQL Server
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by:Murray Brown
ID: 35179073
The system wouldn't allow the deletion of that file ;(

Accepted Solution

ITSuperman earned 500 total points
ID: 35180478
You must not have admin privileges on that PC then..You will have to get with your IT dept if you are in a corporate environment and have one of them do it possibly.  If not, and this is your PC, then you need to login as admin on the box.

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by:Murray Brown
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