I am trying to install sql server 2005 express edition from the visual studio 2008 CD. This is the error I get.

[04/19/11,00:56:13] Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU: [2] CMSIDirectory::SetDirectory - Invalid argument
***EndOfSession***[04/19/11,00:56:13] Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU: [2] CMSIDirectory::SetDirectory - Invalid argument
[05/19/11,11:29:28] Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU: [2] CMSIDirectory::SetDirectory - Invalid argument
[05/19/11,11:36:12] Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition (x86): [2] Component Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition (x86) returned an unexpected value.
***EndOfSession***[04/19/11,00:56:13] Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU: [2] CMSIDirectory::SetDirectory - Invalid argument
[05/19/11,11:29:28] Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU: [2] CMSIDirectory::SetDirectory - Invalid argument
[05/19/11,11:36:12] Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition (x86): [2] Component Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition (x86) returned an unexpected value.
[07/12/11,01:22:26] Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU: [2] CMSIDirectory::SetDirectory - Invalid argument
[07/12/11,01:23:52] VS70pgui: [2] The following volumes do not have enough disk space for the installation:
[07/12/11,01:36:08] Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition (x86): [2] Component Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition (x86) returned an unexpected value.
***EndOfSession***[10/14/11,05:30:59] Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU: [2] CMSIDirectory::SetDirectory - Invalid argument
[10/14/11,05:41:12] Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition (x86): [2] Component Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition (x86) returned an unexpected value.
***EndOfSession***[10/14/11,05:30:59] Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU: [2] CMSIDirectory::SetDirectory - Invalid argument
[10/14/11,05:41:12] Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition (x86): [2] Component Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition (x86) returned an unexpected value.
[10/14/11,05:50:44] Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU: [2] CMSIDirectory::SetDirectory - Invalid argument
[10/14/11,05:56:38] Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition (x86): [2] Component Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition (x86) returned an unexpected value.
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I have tried installing many databases on my computer and I always run into some problem. From installation problems, to Visual Studio problems, I just can't figure it out. I really love databases, and find them useful in development. Please, and thank you for your help.

Uninstall visual studio and then manually remove all files and folders (rename root folder of VS). Installer can report problem if there are relics of previous installations. Alternatively, check antivirus etc. Finally, if everything fail, you can try to use Process monitor written by Sysinternals, to reveal virtually any filesystem issue.

Okay I will try all of that and post my status after. I have had database problems for some time, and I would really like to get one up and running for development. Does anyone have any suggestions for database software to use with C# and visual studio on WinXP SP3?

Uninstalled everything. Installed VS2010, tried installing SQL Server Express 2008.

[09/13/11,04:57:20] Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate - ENU: [2] CMSIDirectory::SetDirectory - Invalid argument
[09/13/11,04:57:31] Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate - ENU: [2] UpdateFileFetcherFromMsi: Warning: Missing fwlink entry for cabinet: #GDR.cab
[09/13/11,04:57:31] Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate - ENU: [2] UpdateFileFetcherFromMsi: Warning: Missing fwlink entry for cabinet: #QFE.cab
[10/15/11,23:36:58] Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Management Objects: [2] WARNING! Setup Failed for optional component Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Management Objects. MSI returned error code 1603
[10/15/11,23:44:02] Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express Service Pack 1 (x86): [2] Error code -2068643839 for this component is not recognized.
[10/15/11,23:44:03] Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express Service Pack 1 (x86): [2] Component Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express Service Pack 1 (x86) returned an unexpected value.
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