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Can I install SQL Server 2000 on Windows 7

I have an application that runs on SQL Server 2000. We have clients that use the Personal Edition or MSDE on their XP machines. If we upgrade to Windows 7, or get new Windows 7 clients, can we install SQL Server 2000 on them?

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asked Oct 23, 2009 at 01:03 PM in Default

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I found this update from Microsoft's Release Services: http://blogs.msdn.com/sqlreleaseservices/archive/2009/10/23/sql-server-on-windows-7-and-windows-server-2008-r2.aspx

The reason given for not supporting 2000 on Vista/Win7 is because of LUA/UAC issues.

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answered Oct 26, 2009 at 11:15 PM

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Hi,

Although you can install SQL Server 2000 on Windows 7 with some workarounds, it will not work properly. You can see several errors in both the database server and in Enterprise Manager MMC.

Only SQL Server 2005 SP3 or greater and SQL Server 2008 SP1 or greater are supported in Windows 7 by Microsoft.

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answered Oct 23, 2009 at 02:55 PM

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SQL Server 2000 isn't supported on Vista+ OS's. The install will be blocked by Windows. Migrating MSDE to SQL Express may be the best option.

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answered Oct 23, 2009 at 02:48 PM

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There are several great answers here, but it is worth adding that there are ways of working around the fact you can't run it natively.

The obvious one is to use SQL Server 2005 SP3 and run the database in compatibility mode for 2000. That is certainly not the same as actually running SQL Server 2000, but it is good enough for most applications and better for a few.

Also remember that you can run an earlier version of windows as a virtual machine inside Windows 7. I have not tried that with SQL Server 2000, but I cannot think of any reason it would not work well.

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answered Dec 22, 2009 at 11:40 AM

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I will add the little bit I've seen with it. Don't expect to patch up to 2282. I'm not sure at what point it breaks between SP4 and 2282 though.
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answered May 04, 2011 at 10:00 AM

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