Topic: SQL Server install errors

Hi folks

I am trying to install from scratch on a laptop.  Having run through the R6 manual, I get to  installing SQL Server.
And thats where it all falls over.  Downloading and running SQLServer install files, it starts up, then gives me an error message to the effect that SQL server Native Client is missing, and a file to look for.  Searched online for that, tried to install it and get further error messages that it cannot be installed.

So, any ideas as to where my SQLServer install has gone wrong and what I should do next?