Is there any work around to Successfully install SQL server 2008 32-bit on Windows 7 Home premium 64-bit ? If this is the case I first installed VS 2008 SP 1 on my machine and when I click on install.exe file for installing SQL Server 2008 (Developer Edition) I get an error related to .NET Framework version which is installed already on my PC. { I get the same error trying to install Enterprise Edition}


You need to slipstream SP1 into the install (this is also needed for the 64bit install).

See Can I run SQL Server Management Studio in Windows 7?

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Check out the official word from Microsoft: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en/vssetup/thread/6a569376-4207-4184-a8a7-73d5168c787e

Definitely will need to have SQL2008 with SP1 (whether already there or slip-streamed like Richard said)

I am running two instances of 2008 dev on my Win7 laptop without issue though, so once you get SP1 in the mix you should be fine.

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  • By the way, forgot to mention that this link is related to VS+SQL, you just need to follow the SQL specific steps and instead of using the VS installer, you would be using the SQL installer. Direct link to the slipstream doc: blogs.msdn.com/petersad/archive/2009/02/25/… – tcnolan Feb 11 '10 at 0:08

There are 2 different versions of the 32-bit SQL 2008 installer. There is a WOW version and a non-WOW version (related to AWE memory management I think). Youre probably trying the wrong one?

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