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When installing, I get the following message: "The SQL Server System Configuration Checker cannot be executed due to WMI configuration on the machine [YourComputerName] Error:2147749896 (0x80041008)."

This error can be the result of any number of issues with your Windows setup.  To troubleshoot:

  1. (Windows 2000 or Windows XP) Check the version of MDAC you have installed.  SQL Server will require MDAC 2.8 or higher.  To check MDAC:
    • Click Start / Run.
    • Type regedit
    • Click OK
    • Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\DataAccess
    • Note the Registry Key for Version. If less than 2.8.xxxx, download and install the latest MDAC 2.8 version.
  2. Uninstall any remnant SQL Server 2005 components, if present. Most notably:
    • Microsoft SQL Server Native Client
    • Microsoft SQL Server Setup Support Files (English)
    • Microsoft SQL Server VSS Writer
  3. Download and run the attached FixWMI.cmd file. Once you've downloaded the file to your computer, simply double-click the file to execute its process.  (The contents of this file is viewable in any text editor.)

After the above, begin the installation again.

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