FIX: MSXML 2.6 is not redistributed with SQL Server MSDE SP3 or SP3a

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If you install Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine (MSDE) Service Pack 3 (SP3) or Service Pack 3a (SP3a) on a computer that does not have an earlier version of MSDE installed, and does not have Microsoft XML (MSXML) 2.6 installed, and you try to use an XML feature that is implemented by MSDE, you receive the following error message:
Failed to load Msxml2.dll
Note Examples of XML features are OPENXML and sp_xml_prepareddocument.
The MSDE SP3 or SP3a Setup programs do not redistribute MSXML 2.6 (msxml2.dll).
A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem that is described in this article. Apply it only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

Note You cannot apply this hotfix on a Microsoft Windows XP-based computer or a Microsoft Windows Server 2003-based computer.

The following files are available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
DownloadDownload the Msxml2.msi package now.For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591 How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services
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The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
   Date         Time   Version      Size     File name   -----------------------------------------------------   19-May-2004  16:19  8.30.9523.0  699,392  Msxml2.dll   19-May-2004  16:19  8.30.9523.0   20,480  Msxml2a.dll   19-May-2004  16:19  8.30.9523.0   36,352  Msxml2r.dll
Note Because of file dependencies, the most recent hotfix or feature that contains these files may also contain additional files.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Article ID: 823490 - Last Review: 12/08/2015 03:25:13 - Revision: 6.2

Microsoft XML Parser 2.6, Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine (MSDE) SP3a, Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine (MSDE) SP3, Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine (MSDE) Release A, Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 3

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