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Is it possible to install Microsoft SQL Server 2005 on Windows 7?

Is it possible to install Microsoft SQL Server 2005 on Windows 7?

I've tried several attempts to install MS SQL 2005 standard on Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit but wasn't able to.

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Guest [Entry]

"From http://blogs.msdn.com/sqlreleaseservices/archive/2009/05/14/sql-server-on-windows-7-rc-and-windows-server-2008-r2-rc.aspx :

""All editions of SQL Server 2005 SP3 and SQL Server 2008 SP1 are supported on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.""

""For SQL Server 2005, you need to be on SP3 to be compatible on Windows 7/WS08 R2""

Unfortunatly you'll need SQL install media that already has SP3 installed, as MS didn't introduce slipstreaming into SQL install media until 2008.

You can get MS SQL 2005 SP3 from MS here. You may be able to do something with it?


As Jack pointed out in his comment, a trick to simplify install appears to be:

You can download SQL 2005 SP3. Run it then install SQL2005 then
install SP3 again. That will install SQL 2005 on Win7."
Guest [Entry]

"While I had tried many times (and racked my brains!) to install SP3 first, there wasn't an existing installation of SQL Server 2005 to install over it.

So, I changed the original SQL Server 2005 installation file's Compatibility settings to run as ""Windows Server 2003"" and it allowed me to install it onto Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.

Then I installed SQL Server 2005 SP3 on top of that!"
Rvkaob [Entry]

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