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I am performing an in-place upgrade of a SQL Server 2008 instance to a 2012 instance (both Enterprise). All the checks passed, and the upgrade adviser and everything else was fine, so I proceeded with the installation.

At some point, it finished, but it listed a bunch of components as "failed" and said that the computer needed to be restarted to finish the installation. There was also a message box saying a .NET framework exception occurred.

Well, I restarted the computer, and absolutely nothing happened. How should I resume the installation?

From the error log:

Detailed results: Feature: Management Tools - Complete Status: Failed: see logs for details Reason for failure: An error occurred for a dependency of the feature causing the setup process for the feature to fail. Next Step: Use the following information to resolve the error, and then try the setup process again.

Feature: Client Tools Connectivity Status:
Failed: see logs for details Reason for failure: An error occurred for a dependency of the feature causing the setup process for the feature to fail. Next Step: Use the following information to resolve the error, and then try the setup process again.

Feature: Client Tools SDK Status:
Failed: see logs for details Reason for failure: An error occurred for a dependency of the feature causing the setup process for the feature to fail. Next Step: Use the following information to resolve the error, and then try the setup process again.

Feature: Management Tools - Basic Status:
Failed: see logs for details Reason for failure: An error occurred for a dependency of the feature causing the setup process for the feature to fail. Next Step: Use the following information to resolve the error, and then try the setup process again.

Feature: Database Engine Services Status:
Failed: see logs for details Reason for failure: An error occurred for a dependency of the feature causing the setup process for the feature to fail. Next Step: Use the following information to resolve the error, and then try the setup process again.

Feature: Full-Text and Semantic Extractions for Search Status: Failed: see logs for details Reason for failure: An error occurred for a dependency of the feature causing the setup process for the feature to fail. Next Step: Use the following information to resolve the error, and then try the setup process again.

Feature: SQL Server Replication Status:
Failed: see logs for details Reason for failure: An error occurred for a dependency of the feature causing the setup process for the feature to fail. Next Step: Use the following information to resolve the error, and then try the setup process again.

Feature: Integration Services Status:
Failed: see logs for details Reason for failure: An error occurred for a dependency of the feature causing the setup process for the feature to fail. Next Step: Use the following information to resolve the error, and then try the setup process again.

Feature: SQL Client Connectivity SDK Status: Failed: see logs for details Reason for failure: An error occurred during the setup process of the feature. Next Step:
Use the following information to resolve the error, and then try the setup process again.

That very last error's "Reason for failure" in the error log does not match what the GUI is showing me as the reason, which is "Setup was canceled after partial installation of the feature. There are no errors but the feature is not fully configured."

All other logs indicate that all rules and requirements were met without error, so why is this upgrade failing?

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I tried repeating the upgrade, and these same errors occurred again for no apparent reason. –  Triynko Mar 21 '13 at 5:34
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This isn't the most detailed log. I think the eventlog will have an equivalent error for each of these and link to the more detailed log that will give you more of a clue. Once you work out each problem you can keep running sql setup until all of the features are installed, it will know which ones it has done successfully.

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