I am having installer problems on several machines trying to install SQL Server Express 2005 Express as well as later versions (but I would be happy with 2005 anyway). However, I do have one machine where it runs fine. So, is there a way to clone the installation by copy-pasting the files and then doing some magic to make it work? So far when I put the folder into another XP Pro machine and tried launch ssmsee.exe, it didn't start - command executed in cmd quietly and nothing happened.
Is this approach in fact doable with some relevant fixes? Or is the installer the only way?