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When running the SQL Server 2008 setup, I receive the following error message:

TITLE: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Setup

The following error has occurred:

Unable to open Windows Installer file 'H:\Enterprise\x86\setup\sql_engine_core_inst_msi\sql_engine_core_inst.msi'.

Windows Installer error message: The system cannot open the device or file specified. .

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

For help, click:


&Retry Cancel

I install the installer 4.5 and restart windows but don't resolve problem.

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1) Is this a new installation? if yes, the installation media is copied on hard drive, networked drive or using a DVD? Is any other SQL version installed on the box.

2)If this is a reinstallation? Has the previous one been completely wiped out including registry? what was the location of previous setup location.

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