Friday, February 5, 2010

Solution for "Previous releases of Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 - failed".

Today I tried to install SQL Server 2008 Version after installed Visual Studio Team Suite 2008.

In the "Installation Rules" Section, I got the error "Rule "Previous releases of Microsoft Visual Studio 2008" failed." as shown below

Then i clicked on the failed link, which is next to the shows the following popup Message
Rule Check Result
Rule "Previous releases of Microsoft Visual Studio 2008" failed.

A previous release of Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 is installed on this computer. Upgrade Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 to the SP1 before installing SQL Server 2008.

As suggested in the Error message, I Upgraded the Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 with SP1, then i continued to install SQL Server 2008, it installed well without any issues.

You Can Download the VS 2008 SP1 from the following link,

Before continue to install, ensure that your existing system are supporting all the rules which are defined by microsoft. 

Go thru the following article,
KB956139 – Visual Studio 2008 SP1 may be required for SQL Server 2008 installations.

This article explains, what are actions need to do before start insatll SQL Server 2008

Hope it Helps you!


  1. I had the same problem, installing vs2008 sp1 didn't help. I had to uninstall the vs2008 express. (standard edition could stay on)

  2. You might get entangled while reinstalling SQL Server 2008 on a PC where VS 2008 has already been installed before. Simple way to resolve this scenario is to install VS 2008 SP1 on the machine. Various routes which can be taken are:
    · Install Visual Studio 2008 SP1 before you install SQL Server 2008
    · Uninstall Visual Studio 2008, and then install SQL Server 2008. After SQL Server 2008 is installed, you can install Visual Studio 2008, and then install Visual Studio 2008 SP1.
    Do not install the following components of SQL Server 2008:
    · Management Tools (Basic or Complete)
    · Integration Services
    · Business Intelligence Development Studio
    For all the scenarios you can refer to the following KB article:

    1. Thanks bro..
      it worked for me...uninstall visual studio2008 first

  3. I have the same issue except im using VS 2010 ?

  4. I have the same error .I am using Visual Studio 2010.How should I do?

  5. Thanks Sotto, your suggestion to uninstall vs2008 worked for me.