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Error trying to install SQL Server 2012 Express

I ran into the following problem when trying to get my Windows 8 install configured to use SQL Server 2012 Express installed.  I got the following exception:

An error has occurred creating the configuration section handler for userSettings/Microsoft.SqlServer.Configuration.LandingPage.Properties.Settings: Could not load file or assembly ‘System, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089’ or one of its dependencies. The System cannot find the file specified.

I did a quick search and found several forum posts, here and here, on the subject but nothing helped at first.  It wasn’t until I reached the bottom of the posts that the following was included as a step to get past this exception:

Delete the “C:\Users\{Username}\AppData\Local\Microsoft_Corporation\” folder (Replace {Username} with your username)

I checked the rest of the pre-requisites required and they were already satisfied.  I am not sure as to why this worked for me but if you run into a problem like this, you may want to try this.

Hope this helps….

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