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Error when installing SQL 2005 in Windows 8 Pro PC

Posted on 2013-02-02
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We are trying to install Ms 2005 SQL on a Windows 8 Pro PC and keep getting an error at the end of the installation:

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TITLE: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Setup
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The SQL Server service failed to start. For more information,
see the SQL Server Books Online topics, "How to: View SQL Server 2005 Setup Log Files" and "Starting SQL Server Manually."

sqlerrr
What are we missing?

(PC is:  Intel Core i7, 8gb Ram, 1tr hdisk)
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First of all: SQL Server 2005 and any previous version is NOT supported on Windows 8/Windows Server 2012



I had the same problem. But I also had to perform additional steps. Here is what I did.

Perform the following steps (Only 64bit version of SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition tested on Windows 8 Pro 64bit)

    Extract sqlncli.msi / sqlncli_x64.msi from SP3 or SP4. I did it from SP4
    Install sqlncli
    Start SQL Server 2005 Setup
    During setup I recieved an error The SQL Server service failed to start. For more information, see the SQL Server Books Online topics, "How to: View SQL Server 2005 Setup Log Files" and "Starting SQL Server Manually."
    Don't click cancel yet. From an installation of SQL Server 2005 SP3 or SP4 copy SQLSERVR.EXE and SQLOS.DLL files and put them in your SQL install folder.
    Click RETRY

For STEP 5 above: Although I didn't try looking into SP4 / SP3 setup for SQLSERVR.EXE and SQLOS.DLL but if you don't have an existing installation of SQL Server 2005 SP3/SP4 then maybe try looking into the SP3/SP4 EXE (Compressed file). I am not sure if this may help. In any case you can create a VM and install SQL Server 2005 with SP3/Sp4 to copy the files for Windows 8
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by:rayluvs
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Didn't know that.

So I have to download SP3 or SP4 64bit version of SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition?
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Just tried it in SP3 and both files not present.SQLSERVR.EXE and SQLOS.DLL.

will proceed and find sp4 to try.
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by:rayluvs
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found this link... which one should we download:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=7218
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by:rayluvs
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Note: download "Download SQLServer2005SP4-KB2463332-x64-ENU.exe" and still same problem.
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Ok... on both SP3 and SP4 we could install sqlncli.msi (sqlncli_x64.msi was not present on none).  But the files  SQLSERVR.EXE and SQLOS.DLL files were not found.

However we did find the  SQLOS.DLL (link http://opendll.net/index.php?file-download=sqlos.dll&arch=64bit&version=2007.100.1600.22&dsc=SQLOS-Hosting-DLL) but haven't been able to find SQLSERVR.EXE.

Please advice.
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We'll proceed close the question since no answer and award accordingly.
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Unfortunately there was no more support to clear our question but it seems that the sql2005 is not supported should be awarded.

Thankyou anyways.
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