"Unable to validate product key" during installation of SQL Server 2000 Standard Edition.

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SUMMARY
During the installation of SQL Server 2000 Standard Edition using VLA media on a server running Windows 2000 SP4, you receive the error message "Unable to validate product key" on the CD-key page of the installation wizard.
RESOLUTION
Cancel the installation and open the Registry Editor (regedt32). Browse to the DWORD value SafeDLLSearchMode in HKLM\System\Control\Session Manager\ and change the value from 1 to 0. If the DWORD value doesn't exist, create it. Restart the SQL installation and proceed to install SQL. Apply the latest SQL service pack and restart the server.
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Article ID: 555496 - Last Review: 12/08/2015 01:31:26 - Revision: 1.0

Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Standard Edition, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)

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