Problems with installing SQL Server 2012 Express on my Windows 8.1 machine

Posted on 2014-08-19
Last Modified: 2014-10-03

I have this problem that I can't find a solution for. I'm trying to install sql server 2012 express on my machine running windows 8.1. I've tried all teh following:

I tried to download dotnet35 and install it, but int didn't work.

Then I tried to install it from Add/Remove Windows features but that didn't work either.
I then found this article how I can do it offline (since my problem was exactly those described in the first steps when installing sql and net35).

I followed all instructions but then when I run the command in the prompt (even though I've copied the folder from the installation disc and saved it exactly as in the article) I get the following error in the prompt:

Command prompt errorIs there somebody out there that can help me fix this, since I need to get sql server working on my machine.


Question by:peternordberg
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    by:Aneesh Retnakaran
    could you try removing the space before NetFx3  (FeatureName:NetFx3 )

    Author Comment

    Hi and thanks for answer,

    I did that now but then it says:
    DISM doesn't regognize the command line option "Access"


    Author Comment

    Hi again,

    I found out that the above error came from having a space between Limit and Access. When I remoded it the command started, but I still get the same error that the source file cannot be found even if the whole directory is copied there.

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    C:\Windows\system32>dism /online /enable-feature /FeatureName:Netfx3 /all /source:F:\MSDN\en_windows_server_2012_r2_with_update_x64_dvd_4065220\sources
    Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
    Version: 6.3.9600.17031
    Image Version: 6.3.9600.17031
    Enabling feature(s)
    The operation completed successfully.

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    Worked for me

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