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256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows registry
When you install Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition on a computer that is running a 64-bit version of Windows Vista, some shared components are not installed in the correct folder. For example, the SqlProv.exe utility is not installed in the correct folder. Additionally, you cannot use the value of the registry entry to locate these shared components.
This problem does not occur if you use a bootstrapping application to run the Sqlexpr.exe Setup file in silent mode.
Warning Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall the operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.
To work around this problem, change the value of the following registry entry so that it contains the correct location of the folder where the shared components that you want to access are installed: