How to obtain the latest service pack for SQL Server 2005

Applies to: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Standard EditionMicrosoft SQL Server 2005 Standard X64 EditionMicrosoft SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition for Itanium-based Systems More

INTRODUCTION


Microsoft distributes fixes in service packs. Service packs keep a product current. They include hotfixes and software updates. Service packs may also include system administration tools, drivers, and additional components. These updates and components are conveniently bundled for easy downloading.

Service packs are cumulative. Each new service pack contains all the fixes that are in previous service packs, together with any new fixes. You do not have to install a previous service pack before you install the latest one. For example, you do not have to install Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 1 (SP1) before you install Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 (SP2).

More Information


Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 4

Release date: December 17, 2010

How to obtain

To obtain SQL Server 2005 SP4, use the following procedure:
  1. Navigate to Microsoft Update Catalog and search for KB2463332:

    http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Search.aspx?q=KB2463332
  2. Download the package that is relevant to your edition.
NoteService Pack 4 is the minimum requirement for upgrading your SQL Server 2005 instance to a SQL Server 2014 instance.
 

Fix list

For a list of the bugs that are fixed in SQL Server 2005 SP4, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2463332 List of the bugs that are fixed in SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 4

Important notes for using Microsoft Update

  • When you use Microsoft Update to install SQL Server 2005 SP4, the installation is unattended unless components are clustered. If components are clustered, you must follow the prompts to complete the installation.
  • Microsoft Update upgrades all instances of SQL Server 2005 to SQL Server 2005 SP4. For example, if you have two instances of SQL Server 2005 that are running on the computer, both instances are upgraded to SQL Server 2005 SP4.
  • The SQL Server 2005 Express Edition updates are shown when you do an express scan and are available as an automatic update. The other editions of SQL Server are available as a custom update or as an optional update.
  • For more information about Microsoft Update, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

List of new features and improvements

For more information about the new features and improvements in SQL Server 2005 SP4, refer to Microsoft SQL Server 2005 SP4 Release Notes. To read them, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

Readme

To read the readme files for SQL Server 2005 SP4, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

Additional releases

Additional releases are available for SQL Server.

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition with Advanced Services

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition with Advanced Services is a new, free, and easy-to-use version of SQL Server Express. SQL Server 2005 Express Edition with Advanced Services includes more features and makes it easier than ever to start developing powerful data-driven applications for Web development or for local desktop development.

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition Toolkit

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition Toolkit provides additional tools and resources for SQL Server 2005 Express Edition and for SQL Server 2005 Express Edition with Advanced Services.

To obtain SQL Server 2005 Express Edition Toolkit, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio Express (SSMSE)

Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio Express (SSMSE) is a free and easy-to-use graphical management tool for managing SQL Server 2005 Express Edition and SQL Server 2005 Express Edition with Advanced Services.

To obtain SQL Server Management Studio Express (SSMSE), visit the following Microsoft Web site:Note Readme files are available for SQL Server 2005 Express Edition with Advanced Services, for SQL Server 2005 Express Edition Toolkit, and for SQL Server Management Studio Express:
  • ReadmeSSMSE.htm: Readme for SQL Server Management Studio Express
  • ReadmeSQLEXP2005Advanced.htm: Readme for SQL Server 2005 Express Edition with Advanced Services
  • ReadmeSQLEXP2005Toolkit.htm: Readme for SQL Server 2005 Express Edition Toolkit