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Wednesday, May 16, 2012 #

When installing SQL Server 2008 R2 (Developer, Standard, or Enterprise) within a Virtual PC you may suffer the following problem:

“The following error has occurred:  The installer has encountered an unexpected error installing this package. This may indicate a problem with this package. The error code is 2337.”

The error occurs in the following package: sql_engine_core_shared

It turns out that this problem is with the DVD/ISO Mounting Feature in Windows Virtual PC.  To workaround the problem you need to expand the ISO with WinRAR – not WinZip and not by copying the contents of the mounted ISO to the VPC’s hard drive.  You need to use WinRAR to extract the ISO; extracting the contents of the ISO with anything else just won’t solve the problem.

Microsoft have acknowledged the problem here:


WinRAR can be found here: