SQL Server on Windows 7

SQL Server is supported on Windows 7, but you may need to apply the latest Service Pack level to be supported. 


Here are the supported products and SP levels:

  • SQL Server 2005: SP3 is required
  • SQL Server 2008: SP1 is required
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 CTP3:Supported without any additional updates

The service pack for each of these products are available through Microsoft Update, as mentioned in these blogs:

Known Issues:

  • “Invoke or BeginInvoke cannot be called on a control until the window handle has been created.”  error. Details are posted here.


Other comments:

Additional information can be found in KB 955725, which is being updated to reflect the final Windows 7 Release.

Comments (3)
  1. deepti says:

    service pack itself is not getting installed  error

    [Error Message]

    There are no SQL Server instances or shared features that can be updated on this computer.


  2. leeyin says:

    i have a same problem with deepti..how to solve it?

  3. Nick V says:

    About to buy SQL 2008 server for small business and at this MS link


    It says "Operating systems listed in the SQL Server Standard sections are also supported for SQL Server Standard for Small Business"

    Other places say explicitly that the small business edition will only work in small business server 2008 environment  – we want to install in Windows 7

    Which is right?

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