Looking to deploy your app to Vista? Dont use MSDE!

If you are using MSDE in any applications that you want to have running on Windows Vista, you'll need to be aware that Microsoft are not planning to support MSDE or SQL Server 2000 running on Windows Vista.

If your application does require a database to be installed locally (that is on the Windows Vista based client computer), you can (and should) use SQL Server 2005 Express edition which is free and offers more capability than MSDE.

This does not affect access to remote SQL Server 2000 databases, nor does it make any changes in the support policy for SQL Server 2000.

If you are affected by this, you might like to read some of the information we have on getting your MSDE based application migrated to SQL Server Express.  Here are some documents to help get you started.

Technical whitepaper for upgrading to SQL Server Express

SQL Server 2005 Upgrade Advisor

Using MSDE Features that are not supported on SQL Server Express


Comments (3)
  1. Aviso a navegantes… Según indica Darryl Burling en su blog en MSDN , si tu aplicación

  2. Tim Haines says:

    You’re going to have to change the DB if you want it to run on Vista.  It might be a good time to…

  3. Kevin Daly says:

    This is vital information to have out and about, especially since some shops are foolishly insisting their staff stick to MSDE because they think it’s tried and tested.

    SQL Express and SQL Server 2005 are great improvements over their predecessors, and I for one am very glad that Vista will not be backward-looking in this respect. It will be very nice not to have to say "If you are running…".

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