SQL Server 2008 Installation Failure: SQL Compact Edition Runtime

My verson of SQL Server stopped working at some point, and I've been spending some quality time attempting a repair.  When I do, everything comes up roses except for one item: SQL Compact Edition Runtime.  The one failure seems to be stopping SQL Server from running at all.  

I am looking to buy a new laptop with Windows 7 on it, and my current computer has Windows XP.  I'm afraid that if I can't get SQL Server to run on my XP, I won't be able to gain access to the data because the data files are all coupled and require decoupling before copying to another comuter and working properly.  I've spent more hours than I care to mention trying to resolve the problem and get SQL Server wroking on my XP.  My latest volley was downloading SQL Compact Edition Runtime from Microsoft: (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=17876).  The download worked, but the problem didn't go away.  

Anyone have any insight into this?
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DcpKingConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You should be able to install something like a dev edition of 2012 onto your new Win7 and then bring copies of the mdf and ldf files from the XP machine to the Win7 machine. Once there, attach them into the 2012 server and move from there ...

As for the Compact Edition, if you're not using it you should be able to just delete it on your XP machine. Check in the SQL Server Configuration program and try starting the SQL Server and the SQL Server Agent - things should start for you regardless of whether the Compact Edition is running.


PeterFrbAuthor Commented:
Thanks.  I don't actually have my laptop yet, but I'll be getting it next week, and I find this answer quite encouraging.
What are you getting? I run Windows for SQL Server in virtual machines on a Linux box from System-76. It's a Bonobo from System-76 with an 8-core i7 and 32 GB of DRAM, so I can run 2 or 3 at the same time!
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