SQL Select Portin of a table

I am using the following SQL  code to select a hundred rows from a table called Orders. Is there a way to
do this without using the primary key [Order ID]. I want to select parts of other tables just knowing the table name

SELECT * FROM (SELECT *, ROW_NUMBER() OVER (ORDER BY [Order ID]) AS RowNum FROM Orders) AS MyDerivedTable WHERE MyDerivedTable.RowNum BETWEEN 1 AND 100
Murray BrownMicrosoft Cloud Azure/Excel Solution DeveloperAsked:
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Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
You can replace 'Orders' with any table name:
SELECT TOP 100 * FROM Orders

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PortletPaulEE Topic AdvisorCommented:
IF using TOP (100) then you should use an ORDER BY statement.

if you don't use ORDER BY " it returns the first N number of rows in an undefined order."

If you want specifically want random rows you can order by newid()


I'm not sure what you mean by this: " I want to select parts of other tables just knowing the table name"
Murray BrownMicrosoft Cloud Azure/Excel Solution DeveloperAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the help
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