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    Exclamation SQL2008 so corrupt you cant uninstall or repair it?!

    A school had a power failure last night and since then SQL2008 Express just will not work. I decided to go down the repair route and it saying that various setup files are missing, then the installer crashes out!

    I then tried the complete uninstall/reinstall route but cannot uninstall it either! Same issue, it gets so far then starts then throws out an error about the "request control not being valid for this service" - goes a bit further then throws out a SQL Server 2008 Setup has encountered an error" message and closes down.

    So, to summarise, I cant repair it and I cant uninstall it. The school are left without SIMSand FMS ad I'm left pulling my hair out as I cannot sort it! Any advice about fixing this would be appreciated!

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    I've had a similar problem with trying to install SQL 2008 on client computers. I used the Microsoft Uninstaller cleanup utility and removed all SQL refs from there.. I'm not sure about it on a server though..
    But it worked for me on a client situation.
    Also I think I removed the .net framework stuff and reinstalled that as well.

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    Hi.

    I have also had success removing damaged SQL (2005) instances using the uninstalled utility, though it really is a last resort!

    MS have an article which has some info on manually uninstalling SQL 2008:

    SQL Server 2008 installation fails when you try to install SQL Server a second time

    . . . which may help.

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