SQL Server 2008: Difficulty setting mixed mode authentication password

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Microsoft Windows Server 2003
SQL Server 2008
SQL Server 2008 64-bit
SQL Server authentication
SQL Server installation
Windows Server 2003 R2
Windows Server 2003 R2 x64
I am attempting to install SQL Server 2008 (64-bit) on Windows Server 2003 SP2 (64-bit). During the installation, I get stuck at the step where it asks for a mixed mode authentication password. Following the requirements, I have tried a strong password but I am still getting the error message, "The specified SA password does not meet strong password requirement." Why does this error continue to occur?

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Starting with SQL Server 2005, the sa password (which is the password you are trying to set) must meet your domain’s password complexity requirements. So what ever complexity requirements your domain has set for your Windows password you will also need to use for the sa password.

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