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Installation of MS SQL Database 2005 on Windows XP Home Sp3 fails with no specific error

Installation of MS SQL Database 2005 on Windows XP Home Sp3 fails with no specific error

I am trying to install MS SQL Database 2005 on Windows XP Home SP3. It fails giving no reason ("Database failed to install"), then exits. I had already installed MS SQL Database Express Edition 2008 during 2005 setup. But when I removed 2008 one and tried to install 2005 afterwards it still failed with same error.

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Guest [Entry]

"SQL Server 2008 and other Microsoft mastodons are very hard to completely uninstall.

To make sure you have totally uninstalled see :
How to uninstall an instance of SQL Server 2008
SQL Server 2008 Install Nightmare

Then try again to install SQLDatabase 2005.
If this doesn't work, then unfortunately the only solution may be to reinstall Windows from scratch."