System Locale not set correctly causing SQL Server to fail installation with error “Performance counter registry hive consistency”

Hit an interesting issue when I was about to do a MAP (Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit) scan at a customer. When installing SQL Server Express 2008 R2 I hit a problem  and got the error message “Performance counter registry hive consistency” = FAILED installation.

The problem was that the System Locale was not set properly for my Windows 7 box. Fix was to set it under Region and Language – Administrative tab and there set the system locale and restart the machine. After that the SQL Server installation went fine!

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