Okay this is driving me batty and any help y'all could offer would be most appreciated!!
I have an old (2002-era) proprietary program I use for work that ran FINE on 32-bit XP without any special tweaking. It also runs fine on 32-bit Windows 7 on my laptop.
I couldn't get it to install normally in 7 Home Professional x64 (fresh install on my desktop machine replacing XP) so I did some research and found that some people had gotten it to run in Vista x64 if they installed .NET 3.1 and Sql Server Express 2005.
I checked the 7 version of .NET and saw it was 5.x so I figure that should be okay.
I DLed the Sql Server Express 2005 SP3 but could not get it to install. It complains that it is not a valid Win32 application. Well DUH, it's an x64 application!
I did MORE research and found that perhaps I could solve this if I installed the Native Client first. I DLed the NC .msi and tried to install it only to be told "this .msi could not be opened, check with the vendor." Well I DLed it from MS several times so I'm pretty sure it's not corrupt!
Another tutorial suggested doing it from an elevated command prompt but I still got the same error.
Anyway, this is really bugging me.
WHY a program that ran FINE on Windows XP in 2002 should need all this extra crap to run on a 2010 OS is beyond me.
What am I doing wrong on this Sql install???? Thanks in advance.