System Configuration Checker fails with “Performance Monitor Counter Check Failed” Message

Another issue I encounter during SQL Server 2005 setup is that System Configuration Checker fails with "Performance Monitor Counter Check Failed" message. By checking the detail of this message, I am prompted to examine the SQL Server 2005 Readme or BOL for the solution to this failure.

However, the solution in the Readme doesn’t work for me. The corresponding settings for the registry key described in the solution is correct on my computer. Additionally I found there is another 004 folder under Perflib which holds the same structure as that of 009. My OS is Windows XP MCE SP2 (Simplified Chinese). The SQL Server I am trying to install is SQL Server 2005 Dev (English).

Mmm…. Then I gave up the 009 folder and embraced 004, synchronised the Last Counter and Last Help of Perflib with the max value of Counter and Help in 004, respectively.

After I made the change, I restarted the installation of SQL Server 2005. The error message from System Configuration Checker is gone.

 

Conclusion: If the language of OS or SQL Server 2005 you are about to install is not English, you might try folders other 009 in case you encounter this error message from System Configuration Checker during the installation of SQL Server 2005.

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