Error message when you use the SQL Server Error and Usage Reporting tool on a 64-bit Windows operating system: "The Error Reports Location path name cannot be empty"

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SYMPTOMS
You install SQL Server 2005 Express Edition on a 64-bit Windows operating system. When you click Options in the SQL Server Error and Usage Reporting tool and then click OK, you receive the following error message:
The Error Reports Location path name cannot be empty.
CAUSE
When you install SQL Server 2005 on a 64-bit Windows operating system, two error report locations are created for the SQL Server Error and Usage Reporting tool. One location is for 32-bit versions of SQL Server 2005. The other location is for 64-bit versions of SQL Server 2005. However, the SQL Server 2005 Express Edition Setup program does not set the location for the 64-bit version of SQL Server 2005.
WORKAROUND
To work around this behavior, manually type a valid error report location for 64-bit versions of SQL Server 2005 in the SQL Server Error and Usage Reporting tool.
STATUS
This behavior is by design.
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Article ID: 967598 - Last Review: 02/09/2009 07:10:43 - Revision: 1.0

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition

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