Errors during installation SQL Server Management Studio (ssms) on 64-bit Windows7


I have been trying to install SQL Server Management Studio (ssms) on a 64-bit Windows7 for two days now and it just doesn't work.

On a otherwise completely clean 64-bit Windows7 system I get the following error

 SQL Server Setup has encountered the following error: 
 Object reference not set to an instance of an object..

Steps done right before the error were :

- run SQLManagementStudio_x64_ENU (v10.0.1600.22) as administator 
- On the SQL Server Installation Center (the landing page) select Installation > new SQL Server stand-alone or add features
- for "Sql Server 2008 Setup" Setup Support Rules (all passed) : click OK
- for "Sql Server 2008 Setup" Product Key  : click Next
- for "Sql Server 2008 Setup" License Terms : Accept and click next
- for "Sql Server 2008 Setup" Setup Support Files : click Install

I'm hoping anyone can guide me into the correct direction as I have no idea what to do next..

Best Answer

If you look at the log files in C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Setup Bootstrap\Log, you may find additional insight into the specific error and what is causing it. But what I might suggest instead is to see if you can get the 2008 R2 SSMS install. It has better compatibility with Win7 64 and can still be used to connect to 2008 databases