Windows 7 and SQL Server

Despite the end of the support expected in early 2020 for this operating system, a good number of people still work on a computer equipped with Windows 7. Microsoft has decided to force the switch to Windows 10 by stopping publishing updates through Windows Update. but the latest version of the system is struggling to convince companies. Too many updates, too many unwanted changes, too greedy, unstable… There are plenty of arguments for CIOs to refuse the installation of W10 on their IT equipment. However, constraints appear for the installation of new complementary software. Also published by Microsoft, the SQL Server solution is no longer compatible with Windows 7. This is not just a support story because Windows 8 first of the name is well compatible, despite the abandonment of Windows Update support.

It’s not so much to force the Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration that Microsoft has made W7 incompatible with SQL Server but rather because of features missing in the OS released in 2009. At least, that’s what the company officially says to refuse the installation of a SQL Server database management system on the W7 OS released ten years ago.

Here is the compatibility information between the different editions of Microsoft SQL Server and the Windows 7 operating system, the invincible.

Latest SQL Server version compatible with Windows 7

The following versions of Microsoft SQL Server are compatible with Windows 7:

  • SQL Server 2014
  • SQL Server 2012
  • SQL Server 2008 R2

SQL Server versions incompatible with Windows 7

Unfortunately, the most recent versions are no longer compatible with Windows 7 and there is no workaround to get around this blockage:

  • SQL Server 2019
  • SQL Server 2017
  • SQL Server 2016

Microsoft does not offer any workarounds other than changing the operating system of the computer or virtual machine to Windows 10 or a server OS (Windows Server 2016 Where 2019). Or buy a new PC, of ​​course.

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