These messages normally indicate that Microsoft SQL Server (the database component used by NVivo) has failed to install correctly.

You’ve received this error as you may not be using the latest version of NVivo 10 (Service Pack 6). The latest version of NVivo 10 will automatically try to repair this error. So we recommend that you please download NVivo 10 Service Pack 6 and install it:

After installing the service pack, please try to open your project file again by double clicking on the project file (.nvp file). You will now be presented with the ‘NVivo Installation Repair Wizard’. The wizard will attempt to fix installation problems automatically. It is recommended you click on Troubleshoot problems and follow the prompts given to you.If you are unable to install the latest version of NVivo 10 at this time, then depending on your operating system, please download the appropriate document from the links below for instructions to resolve the issue:

Note: If you are not comfortable carrying out the steps outlined in the above links, or are unsure on how to get administrative privileges, please contact your IT department for assistance with performing them.