While doing the “Prepare first Standard Edition Server” step, I ran into the following error…
SqlExpressRtc...installing...failure code –2068774911
this turned out to be fixed by going to:
and then delete the following key:
I then rebooted. I don’t know if that was required. But my problem was resolved and I was able to move forward. Kudos to Thomas Foreman for posting this in a forum.