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A nested installation of the MSI packages of the SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine (MSDE) from a parent package within the InstallInitialize and InstallFinalize functions may fail with this error message:
A nested installation of MSI packages from a parent package of the SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine is not supported. In this context, a nested installation is defined as:
Opening a Desktop Engine MSI package such as SqlRun01.msi from a custom parent MSI package.-or-
Opening a Desktop Engine MSI package that was built with SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine merge modules from a custom parent MSI package.
You can use SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine merge modules to merge Desktop Engine components directly to your package to meet your needs. Otherwise, you can open the Desktop Engine setup package directly without using a nested installation.