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How to add Full Text Search to existing instance

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Hi,

My application is distributed with SQL Server 2014 Express.
Full Text Search currently isn't installed.
As SQL Server is running on customer's computer I was wandering if there is a way to add Full Text Search to those existing instances? Preferably without bothering the customer to much.
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You can install Full Text Search feature by running again the SQL Server setup and select only that Feature.
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Mind that you need to have SQL Server Express with Advanced Services edition to be able to install Full Text Search.
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But is there a way to do this without bothering the customer with it?
Do some background install or at least without any dialogs, so nothing can go wrong.
Maybe distribute some installer that does it for them???
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Yes, you can use a script to run the Silent Install option. I didn't test it but should be something like:
SETUP.exe /Q /SkipRules=RebootRequiredCheck /ACTION=install /IAcceptSQLServerLicenseTerms=True /FEATURES=FULLTEXT

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Please confirm the parameters with this MSDN article.
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Delphiwizard, did you go for the silent install solution?
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Yes, I got it working for new installations, but for existing customers I will probably need to install it manually as a lot of customers are still on SQL Server 2008 edition (and without Full Text search option).
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