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Always failed in installing SQL Server due to the MSI install error - Failed to connect to server. Error: 0x80080005

Hi All,

i don't know why but i'm very frustrated today, I always failed in installing any kind of SQL Server express edition on my XP SP3 laptop:

2005 into 2008 Standard and Advanced 32 bit all will always failed with the following error attached.

can anyone suggest to me what to do next please ?

FYI: here's my MSI version Windows ® Installer. V 4.5.6001.22159

=== Verbose logging started: 01/04/2011  9:54:13  Build type: SHIP UNICODE 4.05.6001.00  Calling process: C:\WINDOWS\system32\msiexec.exe ===
MSI (c) (70:3C) [09:54:13:978]: Resetting cached policy values
MSI (c) (70:3C) [09:54:13:978]: Machine policy value 'Debug' is 0
MSI (c) (70:3C) [09:54:13:978]: ******* RunEngine:
           ******* Product: c:\e5b11aa2dbc7aa520a0d2551fe01\setup\sqlncli.msi
           ******* Action: 
           ******* CommandLine: **********
MSI (c) (70:3C) [09:54:13:978]: Client-side and UI is none or basic: Running entire install on the server.
MSI (c) (70:3C) [09:54:13:978]: Grabbed execution mutex.
MSI (c) (70:3C) [09:54:44:025]: Failed to connect to server. Error: 0x80080005

MSI (c) (70:3C) [09:54:44:025]: Failed to connect to server.
MSI (c) (70:3C) [09:54:44:025]: MainEngineThread is returning 1601
=== Verbose logging stopped: 01/04/2011  9:54:44 ===

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I've had similar problems. Try reinstalling SP3.

jjozAuthor Commented:
do you mean the whole XP SP3 ?
the SQL Server that I tried to install is always the latest version.
jjozAuthor Commented:
ok, I got frustrated already since I cannot install any version of SQL Server eventhough it is just the management console !
TITLE: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Setup

The following error has occurred:

SQL Server Setup has encountered an error when running a Windows Installer file.

Windows Installer error message: The Windows Installer Service could not be accessed. This can occur if you are running Windows in safe mode, or if the Windows Installer is not correctly installed. Contact your support personnel for assistance.

Windows Installer file: W:\SQL2008ENT\SW_DVD5_SQL_Svr_Enterprise_Edtn_2008_English_MLF_X14-89207\x86\setup\SqlSupport.msi
Windows Installer log file: C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Setup Bootstrap\Log\20110411_103331\SqlSupport_Cpu32_1_ComponentUpdate.log

Click 'Retry' to retry the failed action, or click 'Cancel' to cancel this action and continue setup.

For help, click: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink?LinkID=20476&ProdName=Microsoft+SQL+Server&EvtSrc=setup.rll&EvtID=50000&ProdVer=10.0.1600.22&EvtType=0x5D9A8C61



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jjozAuthor Commented:
ok, I followed the steps below and it works:

Log on to your computer as an administrator.
Click Start, and then click Run.
In the Open box, type cmd, and then click OK.
At the command prompt, typemsiexec.exe /unregister, and then press ENTER.
Type msiexec /regserver, and then press ENTER.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315353 (resolution)
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315346 (workarounds)
jjozAuthor Commented:
thanks !
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