Cannot install SQL Server 2022 express

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I am trying to install SQL server 2022 Express on my new Windows 11 laptop. Error message says "Wait on the Database Engine recovery handle failed".


I tried changing Registry values as described in the following source: Troubleshooting operating system disk sector size greater than 4 KB - SQL Server | Microsoft Learn. However, fsutil fsinfo sectorinfo C: still returns 16 kb under PhysicalBytePerSectorForPerformance.


Also tried to specify trace flag 1800. However, nothing works.


Internet search tells me it is a common problem but no working solution seems to exist.


Any help would be highly appreciated.

Thanks in advance

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@Alex_DC , please review SQL Server ErrorLog for more details, see

Viewing the SQL Server Error Log - SQL Server | Microsoft Learn

is there anything specific I should be looking for? All I find in there is the following:

Error description: Wait on the Database Engine recovery handle failed. Check the SQL Server error log for potential causes.

apparently this is a common problem described in the link in my original post. However none of the solutions from there work