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I am trying to install SQL Server 2008 but it tells me that "Previous releases of Microsoft Visual Studio 2008: Failed". I downloaded Visual Studio 2008 SP1 from here VS2008 SP1, installed it (it said that the installation was successful), restarted the machine, but nothing has changed in Visual Studio Help -> About and the SQL Server 2008 Setup still tells me that Visual Studio 2008 is not upgraded to the SP1.

Does anybody know what is going wrong?

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Have you slipstreamed the latest service pack into the SQL server installer? –  Billy ONeal Nov 18 '10 at 16:58

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Install SQL Server first, before Visual Studio. This should remedy the problem.

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I suggest you to uninstall SQL Server 2008 and use the Visual Studio 2008 installer to install SQL Server 2008.

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I think the problem is in my VS2008 version - now it is '9.0.2 RTM' and I am trying to upgrade it to '9.0.3 SP' but SP1 patch doesn't upgrade it. Is there a way to move from version 9.0.2 RTM to 9.0.3 SP? –  etarvt Nov 18 '10 at 16:09
    
how is that helpful? If I want to install SQL Server 2008 Developer edition, how will I manage that through the VS installer? –  user3463 Nov 18 '10 at 16:51
    
@Randolph Potter: because the VS installer should propose to install SQL Server if it is not installed. –  gulbrandr Nov 19 '10 at 9:23
    
the version of SQL in Visual Studio is SQL Express. What if @etarvt wants a different version? –  user3463 Nov 19 '10 at 16:09

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