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SQL Server 2017 Express - VS Shell installation has failed with exit code 1638.
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Symptoms

When SQL Server 2017 Express is manually installed, an error occurs stating, "VS Shell installation has failed with exit code 1638."

Cause

Microsoft SQL Server requires Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable but a newer version of Microsoft C++ Redistributable is already installed.

Resolution

  1. Uninstall the Microsoft Visual C++ 2017 Redistributable (x86) and (x64)
  2. Install SQL Server 2017
  3. Reinstall the previously uninstalled Microsoft Visual C++ 2017 Redistributables
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2017 Redistributable (x86)
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2017 Redistributable (x64)

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