SQL Server Setup Error. Could Not Find File ‘MediaInfo.xml’

When trying to install SQL Server 2008 R2, you get the following error:

SQL Server Setup Failure.

SQL Server Setup has encountered the following error:

Could not find the file ‘\MediaInfo.xml’..

This is because, when you run SQL Server Installation Center, several files are decompressed ready for installation. MediaInfo.xml is one of these files. When you close SQL Server Installation Center during the install, the decompressed installation files are tidied up (MediaInfo.xml is deleted).

To fix the SQL Server Setup error, rerun SQL Server setup, leaving the SQL Server Installation Center window open throughout the install.

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2 thoughts on “SQL Server Setup Error. Could Not Find File ‘MediaInfo.xml’

  1. thanks for the suggestion it works, usually most of the people leave the installation centre window remain open, but what will happen on closing that I realise, thanks

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    • Hey Malkeet, no problem 😉

      I ran into this error because I was closing the (seemingly) unused setup windows to make the installation more simple on my screen. I assume that closing the setup must delete some temp files (like mediainfo.xml).

      The SQL installation is convoluted enough because it installs a setup program, which then runs, rather than just running to install SQL straight away. I imagine that a lot of people will encounter the Could not find the file ‘\MediaInfo.xml’ setup error for this reason.

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