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Server Restart failed SQL Server 2008 Express installation

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Hello Experts,

SQL Server 2008 installation fails at Setup Support Rules Check with "Restart Computer" fail. This is a Windows 8 computer.

I restarted the computer but same thing.

I jumped on the web to find out about this issue. I found an article that said to delete the environment variables in the registry at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager to fix this problem.

Will I harm anything else by deleting this folder in thr registry???

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SQL 2008 isn't supported on Windows 8.

This post has some suggestions for potentially resolving. It appears .net framework 3.5 needs to be enabled in control panel post install.

http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/sqlserver/en-US/21e39609-7364-4f20-a7b1-6f100893e5a8/installing-sql-server-2008r2-developer-edition-on-windows-8-enterprise

I wouldn't delete registry keys randomly. At least back them up first if you do.
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SS2008 can be installed on Win8 only if sql server service pack 3 is also installed.
See the section for minimum requirements for windows 8 here (third under "more information") : http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2681562
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Thanks - both posts - I installed SQL Server 2012 instead - works fine
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