Installing SQL Server 2012 Express on Windows 8

Doing this tonight. Found out that the .Net 3.5 framework needs to be disabled by turning it off under the System Programs and Features. Otherwise, the installation is still trying to install the setup files after more than an hour. One of Windows 8’s little quirks. See this link for more …

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