Installing SSMS 18 won't go past "Loading Packages" phase

Hi everybody,

recently I had a case when installer of SQL Server Management Studio got stuck on Loading Packages phase. And no move neither forward nor backward.

Luckily for me I found this suggestion in google:

 

running from an elevated cmd prompt:
reg DELETE “HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio” /reg:32

 

As usually I'm reluctant with reg Delete commands, but here it seems I didn't have a choice. And that suggestion worked.

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