SQL Server 2008 R2 Installation error “Remove SQL Server 2005 express tools”

While installing SQL Server 2008 R2 on my computer yesterday I faced an error, detail text of error message was:

Rule “SQL Server 2005 Express tools” failed.
the SQL Server 2005 Express Tools are installed. To continue, remove the SQL Server 2005 Express Tools.

I had Windows 7 in my computer and SQL Server 2005 Express with SQL Server Management Studio was already installed on it. I found solution in blog of Anthony Stevens (http://thepursuitofalife.com/sql-server-2008-installation-error-remove-sql-express-tools/) where he says to uninstalled SQL Server Management Studio before installing SQL Server 2008. I did the same error was removed.


  1. 1. Go to Windows > Run, enter “regedit” and click ok.
    2. Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsft SQL Server\90.
    3. Rename “90″ to something else, like “old”

  2. hi how are you. Lets help me.
    its restoring Back file. SQL 2008 R2.
    An exception occured while executing a Transact-SQL statement or batch.
    SQL Server cannot process this media family.
    Restore headeronly is terminating abnormally.(Microsoft SQL Server, Error:3241)

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