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I am trying to install Microsoft SQL express on a Windows XP SP3 Home Edition machine. But it does not satisfy the requirements. Is there a way to remove SP3 from my machine and revert to SP2? Microsoft suggests that SQL Express will work Windows XP Home Edition SP2. Ideas/suggestions?

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What? (15 chars) –  Hello71 Jun 30 '10 at 2:38

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Uninstall MSXML6 SP2, by using Windows Installer Cleanup Utility which can be downloaded from http://download.microsoft.com/download/e/9/d/e9d80355-7ab4-45b8-80e8-983a48d5e1bd/msicuu2.exe. Then install SQL Server Express edition just like usual.

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MSICUU is what you need; unfortunately, because some people can't be trusted to not blow up their PC when given a tool like MSICUU ... MS has removed it; officially, you can't download it from them any longer. –  Adrien Oct 13 '10 at 23:51

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