Requirements to Install SQL Server 2014


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You must carefully read the following limitations and restrictions of SQL Server 2014.

  • SQL Server 2014 CTP 1 is pre-release software and should be installed only on a clean machine.
  • SQL Server 2014 CTP 1 is a non-production release and should not be installed and used in production environments.
  • SQL Server 2014 CTP 1 may contain branding from Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and is versioned as 11.0.
  • SQL Server 2014 CTP 1 is only available in the English language.
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP 1 is not supported by Microsoft Customer Services and Support (CSS).


Requirements to install SQL Server 2014

The following are the requirements for installing SQL Server 2014, if you do not fulfill these requirements then it may give the corresponding errors.

32-bit computers are not allowed

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP1 is meant for 64-bit computers. If you try to install it on a 32-bit computer then it will give the error given in the following image:


The minimum operating system requirements for the SQL Server 2014 are one of the following.

  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows 8 RTM
  • Windows Vista SP2
  • Windows Server 2008 SP2
  • Windows 7 SP1
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

When you try to install SQL Server 2014. if it does not find one of the preceding operating systems then it will issue the message as in the following image.


Must not be installed side-by-side with previous versions of SQL Server

SQL Server 2014 mustn't be installed side-by-side with previous versions of SQL Server, and will not be put in a production environment. You can't use SQL Server 2014 Management Studio to manage instances installed in previous versions of SQL Server, and one of the SQL Server setup rules is emphasized by this as shown in the following image.


This CTP1 still needs .NET Framework 3.5 as requested by the subsequent SQL Server setup rule.


Additionally, update KB958488 is needed if the PC when you're installing SQL Server 2014 has Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2. Failing to have that update might cause the subsequent setup rule to fail.


Another requirement concerns the Windows account running SQL Server setup, which should have user rights to backup files and directories (SeBackupPrivilege), debug programs (SeDebugPrivilege), and manage auditing and security logs (SeSecurityPrivilege). Failing to own those user rights could cause the subsequent setup rule to fail.


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