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SQL Server installation problems on Vista

Question

I get the error "Failed to compile the Managed Object Format" when the IGSS installer reaches the SQL server installation.

Answer

This turns out to be related to a corrupt WMI repository - and the fix is quite easy.

Run the following commands in the C:\Windows\system32\ folder.

C:\Windows\system32>winmgmt /verifyrepository
WMI repository is INCONSISTENT

C:\Windows\system32>winmgmt /salvagerepository
WMI repository salvage failed
Error code: 0x8007041B
Facility: Win32
Description: A stop control has been sent to a service that
other running services are dependent on.

C:\Windows\system32>winmgmt /salvagerepository
WMI repository has been salvaged

As you can see, you have to run it more than once - but it eventually fixes the problem. Then you click the Retry button in the above error message.