SQL Server 2008 Installer Fails on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Have you tried rebooting?

I ran across an issue on Windows Server 2008 R2 but also found the issue to happen on Windows 7 installations.

Apparently this will be fixed in the R2 releases of SQL but since those aren’t available yet for the enterprise and similar versions, there’s a pretty simple fix.  I found an article that references a few fixes that I’ll link to here in case the fix that I have doesn’t work.

The error states that “Invoke or BeginInvoke cannot be called on a control until the window handle has been created.”

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I’ve done many installs and this is the first time I’ve seen it.  This is going to sound like a joke, but the way I ‘fixed’ it was simply to reboot the server.  That’s right, try to reboot it and run the installer again, before you try any of the other fixes.  It worked like a charm for me.  I’ll post a link to the article that I spoke of earlier, and if you come up with an alternate or had to do something special, please leave a comment with your fix.

Thanks and hope this helps.  ‘Simple’ helped me out this time around.  Wish a reboot fixed everything. 😉



2 thoughts on “SQL Server 2008 Installer Fails on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2”

  1. the only thing that needed to happen was just for all the active windows to have the focus… theres numerous posts describing this problem, some touching on how to change registry to make this work, when one just needed to click on the active windows (sometime profusely).

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