Error code 2147467259 The system cannot find the path specified When trying to install SQL Server 2019

Breanna Wood 0 Reputation points

I am unable to install SQL Server 2019, I am just trying to do the basic download. I looked at the summary the first time, and it said something about the firewall I believe, so I turned it off and tried reinstalling.

Now, it is saying something else. I have attached the summary text.

I am hoping to get this resolved soon since I need it for class starting later this week.

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  1. PercyTang-MSFT 9,056 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Hi @Breanna Wood

    According to the summary, I found a thread that reported a similar error. You can see if it can help you.

    Best regards,

    Percy Tang

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  2. MojiTMJ 315 Reputation points

    Hello Breanna,

    Thank you for reaching out in Microsoft Q&A.

    As i understand error message you're encountering during the SQL Server 2019 installation, specifically the error code -2147467259, typically indicates that there's an issue with file or folder paths specified during the installation process. The message "The system cannot find the path specified" suggests that SQL Server setup is unable to locate a required file or directory.

    To resolve this issue, follow these steps:

    1. First, ensure that the SQL Server installation media or setup files are intact and not corrupted. If you downloaded the installation files, consider re-downloading them to rule out any corruption issues.
    2. Make sure you are running the SQL Server setup as an administrator. Right-click on the setup executable file and select "Run as administrator." This ensures that the installation process has the necessary permissions.
    3. During the SQL Server installation, you can specify various paths for data directories, log directories, and backup directories. If you have customized these paths, try using the default paths provided by SQL Server to see if the installation proceeds without errors.
    4. Ensure that you have sufficient free disk space on the drive where you are installing SQL Server. A lack of free space can cause installation failures.
    5. SQL Server setup uses the system's temporary folder for various operations. Ensure that the system's temporary folder is accessible and has enough space.
    6. Verify that the account you are using to install SQL Server has the necessary permissions to access the installation path and create files and directories. It should have administrative privileges.
    7. If you've previously attempted to install SQL Server and it failed, there may be remnants of the previous installation that could interfere with the new installation. Consider uninstalling any previous SQL Server components or instances and cleaning up related files and folders before attempting the installation again.
    8. Although you mentioned disabling the firewall earlier, ensure that your firewall or antivirus software is not interfering with the installation process. Temporarily disabling antivirus software during the installation might help rule out any conflicts.

    Remember to create backups of your data and configurations before making significant changes to your system, especially during SQL Server installations. If you continue to face issues, consider seeking assistance from your instructor or IT support, as they may have specific recommendations or access to resources tailored to your class requirements.

    Note: If you found this response helpful, please acknowledge it to help others facing similar challenges.

    Best of luck!

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