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When running the SQL Server Installation Centre I was receiving the above error. This seems to be caused by the software being installed to a temp folder which is subsequently deleted post install.

Mine had been installed from a folder on the network. Even pointing to this folder when prompted didn’t resolve the problem.

Solution that worked for me:

1. Copy the entire installation folder to my local drive (this step may not be necessary but made it easier for me). E.g. C:\SQL Server Install\

2. Launch the SQL Server Installation Centre.

3. Go to Options – and set Installation Media Root Directory to the folder you copied the installation files to. E.g. C:\SQL Server Install\

You may be able to leave the files in the original install location and just set the path depending on access.


  1. Rio said:

    Thank you!!!

    February 12, 2014
    • Me said:

      Glad to be of help! 🙂

      February 12, 2014

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