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  •  I downloaded the X64 trial version of SQL Server 2008 and attempted to load on my computer that runs Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit.  I get an error message telling me that I have the wrong operating system.  

    Does SQL Server 2008 run on Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit? 

    If so what trial version of 2008 should I download?

    Also will 2008 Run on XP 5.1 with service pack 2?

     Thanks any advice will be greatly appreciated

    Andy

    Thursday, January 7, 2010 2:31 PM

Answers


  • >>Does SQL Server 2008 run on Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit? 
    >> 2008 Run on XP 5.1 with service pack 2

    No.  


    According to http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms143506.aspx

    Only following OS are supported.

    Windows Server 2003 SP2 64-bit x64 Standard1

    Windows Server 2003 SP2 64-bit x64 Datacenter1

    Windows Server 2003 SP2 64-bit x64 Enterprise1

    Windows Server 2008 64-bit x64 Standard

    Windows Server 2008 64-bit x64 Standard without Hyper-V

    Windows Server 2008 64-bit x64 Datacenter

    Windows Server 2008 64-bit x64 Datacenter without Hyper-V1

    Windows Server 2008 64-bit x64 Enterprise,

    Windows Server 2008 64-bit x64 Enterprise without Hyper-V1

    Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit x64 Web1,2

    Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit x64 Standard1,2

    Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit x64 Enterprise1,2

    Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit x64 Datacenter1,2


    I belive trial download is eneterprise evaluation edition. You may download SQL 2008 express x32 or developer edition of SQL and it will work on VISTA x64 or XP  per link above.

    [Tai Yee - MSFT] I now (2/2/2009) have more information on this issue: it has been confirmed that Enterprise Edition is NOT supported on client Windows operating systems such as Windows Vista. It is only supported on server operating systems such as Windows Server 2008. In previous releases of SQL Server, Setup was actually blocked on client operating systems. It is no longer blocked, but it is still not a supported configuration, which is why the client operating systems are not listed in this topic. Therefore the topic is correct as written. Thanks again for your comment.

    Thursday, January 7, 2010 2:51 PM
  • I've been running 2008 on Vista Ultimate without any probems. That was Developer Edition, though. But I wouldn't be suprised if it actually work, but the message you see is just that the combo isn't supported unless you also install sp1 of SQL Server (after continuing with this installation, of course). Just a guess, though...
    Tibor Karaszi, SQL Server MVP | http://www.karaszi.com/sqlserver/default.asp | http://sqlblog.com/blogs/tibor_karaszi
    Thursday, January 7, 2010 5:47 PM

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  • >>Does SQL Server 2008 run on Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit? 
    >> 2008 Run on XP 5.1 with service pack 2

    No.  


    According to http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms143506.aspx

    Only following OS are supported.

    Windows Server 2003 SP2 64-bit x64 Standard1

    Windows Server 2003 SP2 64-bit x64 Datacenter1

    Windows Server 2003 SP2 64-bit x64 Enterprise1

    Windows Server 2008 64-bit x64 Standard

    Windows Server 2008 64-bit x64 Standard without Hyper-V

    Windows Server 2008 64-bit x64 Datacenter

    Windows Server 2008 64-bit x64 Datacenter without Hyper-V1

    Windows Server 2008 64-bit x64 Enterprise,

    Windows Server 2008 64-bit x64 Enterprise without Hyper-V1

    Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit x64 Web1,2

    Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit x64 Standard1,2

    Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit x64 Enterprise1,2

    Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit x64 Datacenter1,2


    I belive trial download is eneterprise evaluation edition. You may download SQL 2008 express x32 or developer edition of SQL and it will work on VISTA x64 or XP  per link above.

    [Tai Yee - MSFT] I now (2/2/2009) have more information on this issue: it has been confirmed that Enterprise Edition is NOT supported on client Windows operating systems such as Windows Vista. It is only supported on server operating systems such as Windows Server 2008. In previous releases of SQL Server, Setup was actually blocked on client operating systems. It is no longer blocked, but it is still not a supported configuration, which is why the client operating systems are not listed in this topic. Therefore the topic is correct as written. Thanks again for your comment.

    Thursday, January 7, 2010 2:51 PM
  • I've been running 2008 on Vista Ultimate without any probems. That was Developer Edition, though. But I wouldn't be suprised if it actually work, but the message you see is just that the combo isn't supported unless you also install sp1 of SQL Server (after continuing with this installation, of course). Just a guess, though...
    Tibor Karaszi, SQL Server MVP | http://www.karaszi.com/sqlserver/default.asp | http://sqlblog.com/blogs/tibor_karaszi
    Thursday, January 7, 2010 5:47 PM
  • Just to add on what said by Tibor,

    I also run SQL 2008 developer edition on Windows XP SP3 but both are x32.

    Thursday, January 7, 2010 6:07 PM