While installing SQL Server 2005 (Beta 2) on my machine today, I was ending up with a weird error message every time:
Errors occurred during the installation: Beta components detected. Error 50307 installing .Net Framework 2.0
Error message was bit cryptic, providing no clue what’s wrong in my machine. After spending couple of hours with the problem and googling related issues with SQL Server 2005 installation, I learned that it’s actually related to compatibility problem with .NET CLR 1.2.
After uninstalling .NET 1.2, SQL Server 2005 installed properly on my machine. And thereafter I reinstall v1.2 again for my current projects. Installation was very straight forward and descriptive as I always expect from Microsoft if I exclude this incompatibility issue.