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SQL Server 2005 SP3 and above is supported on Windows 7. Trying to install this I ran into the catch 22 situation: it won’t let me install SQL Server as only SP 3 and over is supported. I can’t install the service pack until SQL is installed. You can have hours of fun like this.

You may be able to get a SQL Server 2005 disc with SP3 applied but I couldn’t find one. What I did find was that it let me install developer edition. After that I installed SP4. Then I upgraded to Enterprise.

That all sounds too easy…

Of course it didn’t let me install developer edition just like that. It had to fail a couple of times first. The failure reported that SQLNCLI.msi was missing. It was there so I tried again. It failed. I then did some searching and found that this was because an earlier version of the client was installed. I went to add remove programs and removed it. After that the install went through OK.

This link will take you to my previous post on upgrading SQL Server 2005


Upgrading SQL Server Standard to Developer Edition on Dev and Test servers – Stand alone servers. I have also used this to upgrade back again – Developer to Standard Edition.

Make sure you have backups of your System and user databases before you begin. Take a backup of your system databases before you apply the service pack. Take another backup of them when you have finished the hot fix install.

You should probably reboot the server before you begin to make sure you have a clean slate to work with.

Create a folder called sqlAdmin on the C drive.
Create a sub folder called SQL2005
Create two sub folders called Servers and Tools.
Copy the contents of CD1 into the Servers directory and CD2 into the Tools Directory.

You will also need to copy the latest service pack and hotfixes on to the server ready for installing after the upgrade: an upgrade takes the product level down to RTM.

In the sqlAdmin directory create a text file called upgrade.cmd and add this text to it:

@echo off

Set UPGRADE = SQL_Engine, SQL_Data_Files, SQL_Tools90, SQL_Replication


Start /wait c:\sqlAdmin\SQL2005\servers\setup.exe /qb UPGRADE=%UPGRADE% SKUUPGRADE=1 INSTANCENAME=%INSTANCENAME%

This assumes no Reporting Services or Analysis Serivces. If you have them you may need to add RS_Server, RS_Web_Interface, Analysis_Server, AnalysisDataFiles to the list in Set UPGRADE=

After the upgrade you need to install the service pack and hot fixes.
Reboot the server once you have finished.


I had a problem with the upgrade failing when Reporting Serivces was on the server “sql bpa command line has encountered a problem and needs to close”. To fix this I creted an extra dirctory under c:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Setup Bootstrap\BPA\ called BPAClient and in it I copied the file BPAClient.dll from the c:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Setup Bootstrap\BPA\bin\ directory.

BPA failed:
I have not yet managed to upgrade SSAS – SSRS was fine but SSAS maintains the same version – If I ever work this I’ll I will update this post.