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Strange error when installing SQL Server 2000 Developer Edition

"A previous program installation created pending file operations on the installation machine."
I get the error above when I want to install SQL Server 2000 Developer Edition. Any clues as to why?

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That message usually means the system is awaiting a reboot since the last installation/deinstallation operation. Have you tried rebooting first?

This was first published in December 2005

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