I tried to install SQL Server 2012 with SP1 on Windows 8.1 Single Language, but it terminates straight after starting with this helpful error:

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I've read that you need SQL Server 2012 SP2 on Windows 8, but from what I can see in MSDN and Wikipedia there is no such thing.

Any suggestions?

  • Outside of the fact your getting a blank error message, your question, the major confusion is what you have read exactly. SQL Server 2012 isn't required to be installed, its entirely optional, most average people don't have a license for what your installing. Its something they install development machines and Windows Server installations.
    – Ramhound
    Jan 18, 2014 at 19:58
  • @Ramhound What I meant is, I've read that you can only install SQL 2012 (on Win8) if it has SP2. But there is no SP2. (I'm installing a licensed version off MSDN on a development machine.)
    – SeanW
    Jan 18, 2014 at 20:54
  • I wasn't even aware Service Pack 1 existed. You do have MS SQL Server 2012 already installed right? The language of this installation is the same as Windows, otherwise that will be a problem, since your version of Windows does not support language packs.
    – Ramhound
    Jan 18, 2014 at 21:16
  • @Ramhound - brand new laptop (nothing pre-installed), same language; just a PEBCAK (problem exists between chair & keyboard). ;)
    – SeanW
    Jan 18, 2014 at 21:19

1 Answer 1


Ignore me. I was clicking the setup.exe file in ISO viewer, without having mounted the ISO as a virtual drive first.

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