Public Service Announcement: Crystal Reports 2008

I spent more than a few hours today fighting with the Crystal Reports 2008 Enterprise installer. For some reason, no matter what options I selected for installation, the thing hung up with the following message:

“Please wait while the installer finishes determining your disk space requirements”

After fiddling with settings, checking Windows installer, and the general registry/.dll hacking that makes Windows tick, I found the answer:

Install the Crystal Reports French language pack.

I had no idea why, and wasn’t able to find any reason why installing the French language pack makes any difference in how the installer works, but it installed without a hitch afterwards.

Hopefully this post makes it to Google and saves someone else several hours of banging their head into the wall.

Merci, BusinessObjects