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My SQL 2008 install failed, I'm getting this error:

Could not find the Database Engine startup handle

This happens after uninstalling SQL Server 2008 and trying to install SQL Server 2008 R2, any ideas how to resolve this?

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migrated from Feb 13 '11 at 13:21

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maybe something is wrong with your iso extraction...?

try this:

I burned the ISO to DVD media and then mapped my Virtual PC image DVD drive to my laptop's physical DVD drive. The installation went through without any issues.

or this:

And, having had a successful installation with the RAR-extracted files, it wasn’t too hard for me to figure out which of the alternatives was the “right” answer…


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You should contact Microsoft support, since you paid a lot of money for this software!

Alternatively, you could have used Google:

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