Can you do the above? My .NET install put a copy of the SQL Server 7 on my computer.
I've been asked to prototype something using MSDE but I'm not sure if I can install both on the same computer. The MSDE install fails with an error about "the instance name specified is invalid".

There's a lot of info on the net re: why this occurs but I didn't see any notes about MSDE and SQL Server 7 co-existing.

Please advise.