The initial message should be that only SQL SP2 and higher is supported.
You should be able to install fine, then roll up your installation to SP3.
Can you attach the sqlstp.log file that contains the failure? My initial
hunch would be an SSL error.
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> I can't install SQL Server 2000 French (either Developer
> or Enterprise - MSDN Version) on Windows Server 2003
> French (Standard - Final - downloaded from MSDN).
> I get a dialog box saying that SQL Server 2000 cannot be
> installed on this operating system. If I click continue,
> the setup fails before the end of setup process.
> Does anybody know a solution?