This article was previously published under Q195759
This article is meant to address frequently asked questions
regarding the setup and installation of SQL Server 7.0.
- Q. What are the minimum hardware requirements for
installing SQL Server 7.0?
A. SQL Server 7.0 requires the following
- Computer: DEC Alpha AXP and compatible systems, or Intel or compatible
(Pentium 166 MHz or higher, Pentium PRO, or Pentium II)
- Memory: 32 MB of RAM
- Disk Drive: A CD-ROM drive, plus a hard disk drive with at least 80 MB of
free disk space for a minimal installation. The following table shows the
minimum amounts of disk space required for the different installation
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|Installation option||Disk space|
|Management tools||90 MB|
- Q. What are the installation limitations of installing SQL
Server 7.0 Desktop Edition on a computer running Windows 95 or Windows
A. The following features of SQL Server 7.0 Desktop are not
available on a computer running either Windows 95 or Windows 98:
- Incoming named pipe connections
- Windows NT Authentication
- Asynchronous I/O
- Transaction-based publishing
- Full text search
- Automatic detection of Unicode files
- Q. Can I install SQL Server if the Windows NT machine name
contains a hyphen (-)?
A. Yes, SQL Server now supports all machine
names that are valid under Windows NT.
- Q. When I try to start SQL Server 7.0 on Windows NT or from
a Windows 9x Command prompt, I receive the following error:
attempt to start SQL Server 7.0 on Windows 9x using the SQL Server Service
Manager, nothing happens. What causes this and how can I resolve it?
Your SQL Server installation is either corrupt or had
been tampered with (unknown package id) Please rerun setup.
A. This error message appears if you have renamed the Windows computer on which
you installed SQL Server 7.0. SQL Server 7.0 uses the Windows computer name
internally; if you change the Windows computer name, SQL Server detects a
different name and generates the error message.
NOTE: Your data has not been corrupted or damaged in any
To resolve this error and start SQL Server again, do either of
- Run SQL Server 7.0 Setup from the original product CD.
Doing so will not reinstall SQL Server or any components; however, it will
update SQL Server 7.0 internally to reflect the new Windows computer name. You
also need to update SQL Server's internal servername by running the following
two stored procedures:
If SQL Server is configured to listen on either the Multiprotocol or
NWLink IPX/SPX network libraries, you'll need to remove them, and then add them
back using the SQL Server Network Utility.
sp_addserver <newname>, local
- Change the Windows computer name back to the original
name it had when you first installed SQL Server 7.0.
- Q. Can I install SQL Server 7.0 on a server that already
has SQL Server 6.x installed?
A. Yes, but you cannot run both SQL
Server 6.x and SQL Server 7.0 at the same time. SQL Server Setup adds a version
switch, which you can use to switch between SQL Server 6.x and SQL Server
CAUTION: If you are installing SQL Server 7.0 alongside SQL Server version
6.x on the same computer, do not install SQL Server 7.0 in the same directory
as SQL Server 6.x.
- Q. How can I order a printed copy of the SQL Server Books
A. To order the 12-volume set of SQL Server product
documentation, call toll-free (800) 360-7561. The Part Number for the
documentation is 228-00340. The content is identical to the SQL Server 7.0
Books Online that is included in the SQL Server 7.0 product CD.
- Q. How can I install only the SQL Server Books
A. You can select only the SQL Server Books Online as an
option in Custom Setup. Also, you can run the SQL Server Books Online without
installing it on the computer by selecting it from the Autorun menu.
- Q. How do I install just the client and Profiler?
A. In Custom Setup, select the Client Connectivity and Profiler options.
- Q. Do I need Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 Service Pack
1 to install only the client connectivity tools on my clients?
If you want to install only the client connectivity tools, you do not need
Internet Explorer 4.01 Service Pack 1. However, if you intend to install the
management tools or the SQL Server 7.0 Books Online, you do need Internet
Explorer 4.01 Service Pack 1.
- Q. Why do I get the following error message when I try to
install the client connectivity tools on a computer running Windows 95?
Based on your selection setup has determined the
following systems requirements are not met. Exit setup and install the missing
requirements from the CD or change your selections. Distributed Component
Object Model (DCOM) for Microsoft Windows 95
A. This message
occurs if the required DCOM components are not installed on your Windows 95
computer. You can install DCOM from the SQL Server 7.0 CD. To do this and
continue with SQL Server 7.0 Setup, perform the following steps:
- Browse the SQL Server 7.0 CD and locate the
Processor_Type\Other folder, where
Processor_Type is your computer's type of
architecture (for example, Alpha or Intel x86).
- Run the Dcom95.exe executable file.
- After you have finished installing DCOM for Windows 95,
restart your computer and then run SQL Server 7.0 Setup again.
- Q. Can I perform a remote installation?
The first screen of SQL Server Setup gives you the option to do a remote
installation, but note that all prerequisites must first be installed on the
- Q. How do I invoke an unattended setup?
invoke an unattended installation, you must first generate an .iss file. You
can create this file by starting SQL Server Setup with the -r option and then going through Setup and interactively making the
selections you want. After the installation completes successfully, you will
have a Setup.iss file in your Windows directory. You can copy or move this file
to another location if you want. On subsequent installations, you can start SQL
Setup and specify a previously generated .iss file as input by using the -f1 setup command-line option.
- Q. When I run SQL Server Setup, why do I get an error
asking me to close all ODBC components?
A. SQL Server 7.0 Setup
installs Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) 2.1, which installs newer ODBC
components. Therefore, all applications that use ODBC must be shut down so that
the MDAC installation can be successful. Applications that use ODBC include
Microsoft Internet Information Server, Microsoft System Management Server,
Microsoft Access, and ORACLE.
- Q. Whenever I type information into a dialog box, click Back, and then click Next again, the information that I originally typed in the dialog box
is lost. Why does this happen?
A. This is currently a limitation of
InstallShield dialog boxes.
- Q. What do I need to do if I have an unsuccessful
A. If you have an unsuccessful installation of SQL
Server 7.0, there are several files that can help you determine what went
wrong. The first file is the Sqlstp.log file in the Windows directory. The
Sqlstp.log file gives detailed information on what Setup is doing. Reviewing
this file will give you an idea of where Setup is failing.
Setup process is failing in the Configuration part, review both the SQL Server
error log in the MSSQL7\Log directory and the Cnfgsvr.out file in the
MSSQL7\Install directory. SQL Server Setup runs an application called
Cnfgsvr.exe to configure the SQL Server. This application starts SQL Server,
connects to it, and runs the initial installation scripts. Any error
encountered during this process is written to the Cnfgsvr.out file. When SQL
Server starts, it generates an error log that contains errors SQL Server may
encounter. This file, called errorlog, is in the MSSQL7\Log
If you are unable to determine the cause of the Setup
failure, save the files mentioned above and call Microsoft Product Support
Services to contact a SQL Server Support Professional, who will help you to
resolve your problem. Note that if the Setup application fails, it will roll
back changes to the file system, including removing any copied files, and also
remove changes to the registry.
- Q. Why does Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator
(MS DTC) activate my dial-up service to the Internet when I start (or restart)
A. By default, MS DTC is configured to start
automatically when a Windows NT or Windows 98 system starts. To prevent MS DTC
from automatically starting after restarting a Windows 98 computer, you can
make a change to the system registry.
Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
To prevent MS DTC from automatically
starting, use Registry Editor to find the
When you find this key, you can delete the value entry named
MSDTC. If you want to enable automatic startup of MS DTC again, use Registry
Editor to create a value entry named MSDTC with the string value msdtcw
-start under the registry key noted above.
- Q. Is it possible to have SQL Server start automatically on
computers running Windows 95 or Windows 98?
A. Yes. In the SQL
Service Manager there is an option called AutoStart
Service When OS Starts.
- Q. How do I uninstall SQL Server 7.0?
uninstall SQL Server 7.0, use any one of the following options:
- On the Start menu, point to Programs, point to Microsoft SQL Server 7.0, and click Uninstall SQL Server 7.0.
- Use Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel to remove SQL
- Run a scripted uninstall.
- Q. How do I start an unattended uninstallation?
A. When SQL Server 7.0 is successfully installed, an uninstall script file,
Uninst.isu, is created. This file is located in the directory you specified for
your program files. To start an unattended uninstallation, run the
UnInstallShield executable, Isuninst.exe, and point it at your uninstall script
- Q. How do I rebuild the master database?
is a new utility to rebuild the master database. It is called Rebuildm.exe, and
it is located in the Mssql7\Binn directory.
NOTE: Rebuilding the master database also rebuilds the Model and MSDB
databases as well.
- Q. How do I rebuild the registry?
A. There is a
new utility to rebuild the registry entries for SQL Server 7.0. This utility is
called Regrebld.exe, and it is located in the Mssql7\Binn directory.
After SQL Setup ends, the registry is rebuilt automatically using Regrebld.exe.
This utility creates an image of all the SQL Server registry entries, with file
names of Mssql7*.rbk.
Running Regrebld.exe with the -Restore option places the registry key images into the registry. If the
keys already exist, they are replaced. If changes are made to the SQL Server
installation after the initial setup, the backup copy of the registry keys is
not updated automatically. If changes are made after installation, run
Regrebld.exe manually to update the registry key information. If Regrebld.exe
is run without any parameters, it will also rebuild the SQL Server
- Q. How do I reconfigure my server network
A. In the SQL Server program group, there is a new utility
called the Server Network utility. You can use it to reconfigure your server
- Q. Why do I have to close the SQL Service Manager before I
A. You must shut down the SQL Service Manager to ensure
that no SQL Server-related services are running. In earlier versions of SQL
Server, Setup would attempt to shut down these services, but it was unable to
completely guarantee success.
- Q. Why does the final uninstall report always state that it
cannot remove folders?
A. The UnInstallShield installer only removes
what it installs. Some files, such as tempdb, are created outside the bounds of
the InstallShield installation routine. When the InstallShield uninstaller
runs, it tries to delete the folders that it created (MSSQL7, Binn, Data, and
Log) and finds that these folders are not empty. However, the .dll file that is
run after UnInstallShield is complete (Sqlsun.dll) removes files such as Tempdb
and these folders.
NOTE: Any error logs, trace files, or user data that may remain in
these directories are not removed.
- Q. I receive one the following error messages when trying
to install SQL Server 7.0. What do these messages mean?
The Enterprise Edition server component cannot be installed on
Windows NT Server using this CD. Only client components will be available for
The Standard Edition
server component cannot be installed on Windows NT Workstation using this CD.
Only client components will be available for installation.
The Standard Edition server component cannot be
installed on Windows 98 using this CD. Only client components will be available
The Standard Edition
server component cannot be installed on Windows 95 using this CD. Only client
components will be available for installation.
A. Any of the
preceding messages indicate that you are attempting to install a version of SQL
Server 7.0 that is not supported on the operating system on which you are
attempting the install. In order to successfully install SQL Server, select the
appropriate SQL Server edition for the operating system you are
The Enterprise Edition server component cannot be
installed on BackOffice Small Business Server using this CD. Only client
components will be available for installation.
SQL Server 7.0 has the following editions available for the
operating systems noted:
- SQL Server 7.0 Enterprise Edition: This edition may only be installed on a computer running
Microsoft Windows NT Server Enterprise Edition.
- SQL Server 7.0 Standard Edition: This edition may be installed on a computer running Microsoft
Windows NT Server, Windows NT Server Enterprise Edition, or Microsoft
BackOffice Small Business Server.
- SQL Server 7.0 Small Business Edition: This edition may only be installed on a computer running
BackOffice Small Business Server.
- SQL Server 7.0 Desktop Edition: This edition may be installed on a computer running Microsoft
Windows 95, Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows NT Workstation, Windows NT
Server or Windows NT Server Enterprise Edition.
- Q. How do I upgrade from SQL Server 7.0 Beta 3 to the
released version of SQL Server 7.0?
A. If you currently have the Beta
3 version of Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 on your computer, you can upgrade the
installation to SQL Server version 7.0 rather than uninstall the Beta version
and install a clean copy of SQL Server.
The benefit of upgrading from
the Beta 3 version is that SQL Server retains the system and user databases,
saving you the time involved in re-creating system settings and reloading
- Q. Why won't SQL Server 7.0 install on a computer that has
a Cyrix chip installed?
A. Older versions of Cyrix chips to not
support the complete Pentium instruction set. SQL Server 7.0 makes use of some
of these instructions so the Setup program detects and refuses to install on
those older chips.
- Q. Can I manage SQL Server 6.5 databases from a SQL Server
Enterprise Manager 7.0?
A. Yes, you can if you had previously
installed the SQL Server 6.5 utilities on your client computer and upgraded it
to version 7.0. When you attempt to connect to SQL Server 6.5 using the SQL
Server Enterprise Manager 7.0, it will open the 6.5 version of SQL Enterprise
- Q. Which SQL Server 6.5 service pack is required to
A. Service Pack 3 or greater is required in order to switch
back and forth between the two versions, although Microsoft Product Support
Services recommends that you be on the latest service pack.
- Q. Can I install SQL Server 7.0 on a server running Windows
NT 4.0, Terminal Server Edition?
A. SQL Server 7.0 is supported on
Windows NT 4.0 Terminal Server Edition after SQL Server 7.0 Service Pack 1 is
- Q. Can I run multiple copies of SQL Server at the same time
on one computer?
A. No, except if you have an active/active failover
configuration hosting separate SQL Server 7.0 virtual servers on a Microsoft
Cluster Server (MSCS) and one of the nodes fails.
Although you can
use the SQL Server 7.0 Vswitch.exe utility to switch back and forth between a
single copy of SQL Server 6.5 and a single copy of SQL Server 7.0 on one
computer, only one version can be active at a time. This utility was not
intended to allow both versions to be actively used on a server; it was
intended to provide you with the ability to switch from one version to another
- Q. What do I do if my SQL Server 7.0 Beta 3 license expires
before I have an opportunity to upgrade to the release version of SQL Server
A. If your SQL Server 7.0 Beta 3 installation has expired before
you have upgraded to the release version of SQL Server 7.0, you should perform
the following steps:
- Back up all the .mdf, .ndf, and .ldf files from the
Mssql\Data directory of your Beta 3 installation by copying them to another
directory or other safe location.
- Use the Add/Remove Programs utility in Control Panel to
remove your Beta 3 installation.
- Install the release version of SQL Server
- Use the sp_attach_db stored procedure to reattach your
databases. For more information on sp_attach_db, see the SQL Server 7.0 Books
- Q. Can I upgrade the Evaluation version to the retail
A. For additional information, please click the article
number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
INF: Upgrading From SQL Server 7.0 Evaluation to Retail Version
Article ID: 195759 - Last Review: October 17, 2012 - Revision: 8.0
- Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 Standard Edition
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