SQL 2008 or SQL 2014 will not install, Nucleus has failed

Potential Symptoms

  • "The installation of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express SP3 (x86 & X64Wow) - Nucleus has failed. Setup will now exit.  "
  • Error found in Summary.text in most recent folder in C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Setup Bootstrap\Log directory. 
  • When attempting to manually install SQL 2014, may see an error during the global rules setup, such as the below:


  • Product Family: Software
  • Product:
  • Component: SQL 2008, SQL 2014
  • Control System: Venus 1500 V4


  • Computer account does not have administrative rights or the correct rights.


  • Use an account that has the correct rights to install SQL 2008 or SQL 2014.

KB ID: DD3001514

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