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Installation of Developer edition instead of Express edition RRS feed

  • Question

  • I installed the Express edition of SQL Server 2017.  I need the developer edition instead.  Do I install the developer edition on top of, or uninstall the Express edition first?

    Thank you in Advance.

    • Moved by Tom Phillips Tuesday, October 22, 2019 6:45 PM Installation question
    Tuesday, October 22, 2019 4:47 PM

Answers

  • Hi codeaholic,

    >> Do I install the developer edition on top of, or uninstall the Express edition first?

    No, you don’t need uninstall the Express edition. You can install developer edition for a new instance as Erland mentioned.   Please choose Developer edition on Product key page during installation.  Or you can upgrade the express edition to developer as  below screenshot.


    Best regards,
    Cathy 


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    • Marked as answer by codeaholic Wednesday, October 23, 2019 1:23 PM
    Wednesday, October 23, 2019 1:34 AM

All replies

  • You can always uninstall express and install developer newly.

    But before that check if you can upgrade it using below option by running installation media setup.

    Express edition should be replaced by Developer edition this way


    Regards,
    Vaibhav

    Tuesday, October 22, 2019 5:49 PM
  • I tried and when I got to Select Features, it says:

    X There are no features selected for upgrade

    There is nothing to select.  You hit Next and get this same error...so you end up at a dead end.

     

    Thank you in Advance.

    Tuesday, October 22, 2019 7:18 PM
  • The easiest option is to install a new instance for Developer Edition and keep the old one. You may want to use it for testing at some point.

    But if you want to upgrade the existing instance to Developer, I think you can do that. Vaibav showed you the wrong option. That's the option for upgrading from an older version. Instead select Maintenance from the menu on the left, and then select Edition Upgrade on top.


    Erland Sommarskog, SQL Server MVP, esquel@sommarskog.se

    Tuesday, October 22, 2019 9:41 PM
  • Hi codeaholic,

    >> Do I install the developer edition on top of, or uninstall the Express edition first?

    No, you don’t need uninstall the Express edition. You can install developer edition for a new instance as Erland mentioned.   Please choose Developer edition on Product key page during installation.  Or you can upgrade the express edition to developer as  below screenshot.


    Best regards,
    Cathy 


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    • Marked as answer by codeaholic Wednesday, October 23, 2019 1:23 PM
    Wednesday, October 23, 2019 1:34 AM
  • Ok thanks.  Too late. I uninstalled and uninstalled the developer edition.  There were some hiccups from that in that it called my instance something else but I was able to work through it.

    I presume there is no way to "rename my instance" now just set up an alias.  It called my database "my machine name" which is a bit annoying.


    Thank you in Advance.


    • Edited by codeaholic Wednesday, October 23, 2019 1:28 PM
    Wednesday, October 23, 2019 1:23 PM