Installing SQL Server 2008 Developer on Windows 7 Professional

by dcurtis 3/2/2010 5:04:00 PM

Like many others out there (based on my search at least) I struggled to get SQL Server 2008 Developer installed on Windows 7 Professional.  So you don't have to read through the rest of the details, here is what worked for me: copying the contents of the ISO or the CD to my local drive and then running the installation from there under the administrator account.

Ok, so here are the details.  I had Vista Ultimate 32-bit installed on my laptop with SQL Server 2008 Developer installed; however, my hard drive failed so I decided to upgrade to Windows 7 Professional 64-bit.  I installed Visual Studio 2008 and let it install SQL Server 2005 Express edition forgetting that I had previously installed 2008.  Later, while trying to restore one of my databases, I discovered my error so I tried to install SQL Server 2008 Developer and the nightmare began. 

  • I looked at so many differerent knowledge base articles, support posts, and blog articles that my head is still spinning.  There were so many recommendations: don't run the installation from a disk--run it from a mounted ISO instead, install Visual Studio 2008 SP1 first and then install everything else, uninstall the SQL Server compact framework, etc.  Finally I ran across a post here that listed several different fixes--one of which saved the day.

The following is a summary of all of the steps I took to get this running:

  • I applied Visual Studio 2008 SP1 (this is needed to install SQL Server 2008 on a machine that has VS 2008 already installed)
  • I uninstalled anything that even mentioned Microsoft SQL Server from my system
  • Logged into the system with an administrator account (in my case it was the domain administrator account from my network--I assume local administrator will work, too)
  • Copied the contents of the ISO to my hard drive
  • Ran the installation
  • SUCCESS!

Now I am in the process of installing SQL Server 2008 SP1 as that is needed for running everything on Windows 7.

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