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The bliss of software installation

It’s rant monday! I’ve been trying to install yet another version of Microsofts SQL Server. Yes, it’s a lot of fun, I’m totally thrilled and all that. However, while progressing through the joyful bliss of installation, it suddenly complains about being unable to install with the short message “Setup failed. Refer to the setup log.”

Well, I had a look at the setup log, and these were some of the most informative lines from the “verbose logging output”:

Resetting cached policy values Machine policy value ‘Debug’ is 0 Client-side and UI is none or basic Grabbed execution mutex Cloaking enabled Incrementing counter to disable shutdown Counter after increment: 0 MainEngineThread is returning 1605

Well, I’m truly happy to hear that you’ve grabbed execution mutex and that the MainEngineThread is returning 1605, but I just want to install the damn thing.

Aaargh.

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