“You must install Visual C++ 2008 SP1 before you can install SQL Server 2008 Management Studio Express.”
What The ???
What does Visual C++ have to do with the installation of SQL Server Management Studio. This is stupid.
After Googling around i finally found my fix here:
32-bit HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\DevDiv\VC\Servicing\9.0 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\DevDiv\VC\Servicing\9.0\RED\1033
64-bit (in addition to the registry change above) HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\DevDiv\VS\Servicing\9.0 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\DevDiv\VS\Servicing\9.0\VSR\1033
Change the registry keys referenced above to the following:
Now unless you work for Microsoft or you are a Windows researcher, how do you know what registry key to change?