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I am having trouble installing sql server 2012 on windows 8.

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I've never done it myself, but it looks like you may be having a .Net version problem. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2681562

Take a look at the section titled:

Known SQL Server 2012 setup and migration issues - By default, Windows 8 includes the .NET Framework 4.0. However, the following SQL Server 2012 components depend on the .NET Framework 3.5:

  • SQL Server 2012 Database Engine
  • Replication Service
  • SQL Server Data Tools
  • Data Quality Service
  • Master Data Service
  • Reporting Service Native Mode
  • Full-Text Search

Therefore, we recommend that you enable the .NET Framework 3.5 before you install SQL Server 2012 in a stand-alone or clustered environment to help prevent any possible SQL Server setup failures.

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Using this as a guideline.

  • Check and make sure .Net framework 3.5 SP1 is installed.
  • check and make sure .Net framework 4.0 is installed
  • check and make sure Windows PowerShell 2.0 is installed
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I have all those installed(expect 4.0...I have 4.5) – chobo2 Jan 16 '13 at 23:02

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