When installing SQL Server 2008 on a Windows 7 machine, it experiences the following error.

TITLE: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Setup ------------------------------ The following error has occurred:

Attempted to perform an unauthorized operation.

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

For help, click: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink?LinkID=20476&ProdName=Microsoft+SQL+Server&EvtSrc=setup.rll&EvtID=50000&ProdVer=10.0.1600.22&EvtType=0xE32A4906%25400x08A3AE96

Any suggestions on what this unauthorized operation might be?

  • 2
    Are you running it as an administrator?
    – squillman
    Jan 11 '10 at 19:45

Are you installing SQL Server Enterprise? Only the SQL Server 2008 Standard and Express editions can be installed on Windows 7.


  • thats a good thing to know.
    – djangofan
    Apr 15 '10 at 15:28

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