This article describes how to install SQL Server CE from
the command line and generate a Windows Installer log file.
Server 2000 Windows CE Edition Web download file, SSCE_Setup.exe, provides an
integrated setup of Windows CE Data Access 3.1 and SQL Server 2000 Windows CE
Edition Development and Server Tools.
You can also call the Windows
Installer executable file (Msiexec.exe) to install SQL Server CE and the
Windows CE Data Access 3.1 distribution manually. Doing so allows you to create
a verbose log file (by using the /L*V switch) for troubleshooting purposes.
To install SQL Server CE and Windows Data Access 3.1 from
the command line, follow these steps:
- Run SSCE_Setup.exe to extract the run-time files. Do not
make a selection when the setup prompts you to choose whether to install the
Development or Server tools or the temporary folder the files are stored in
will be deleted.
- If you are installing to a Microsoft Windows NT computer,
use Windows Explorer to navigate to the C:\Temp folder. If you are installing
to a Microsoft Windows 2000 computer, navigate to the C:\Documents and
Settings\<your user name>\Local Settings\Temp folder.
- Locate the new temporary folder inside \Temp, which
contains the following *.msi files:
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|ADOCE31.msi ||Windows CE Data Access 3.1|
|SSCESetup.msi ||SQL Server 2000 Windows CE Edition
|SSCEServer.msi||SQL Server 2000 Windows CE Edition
- Copy this folder and all its contents to a different
location on your hard drive.
- Cancel the integrated SSCE_Setup distribution.
- Open a command prompt and navigate to the the newly copied
folder that contains your extracted setup files.
- Call the Windows Installer executable file (Msiexec.exe) to
install the Windows CE Data Access 3.1 distribution as follows:
msiexec /I adoce31.msi /L*V c:\adoinstall.log
NOTE: The preceding example assumes that you want the install log to
be placed in the root of your C: drive. You may place the install log anywhere
- After the Data Access components have finished installing,
you can verify that the setup completed successfully by reviewing the log file.
You should see the following at the end of the log:
Action ended 8:57:37: INSTALL. Returned Value 1.
MSI (c) (E7:F3): Product: Windows CE Data Access 3.1 -- Installation operation completed successfully.
- Next, call the Windows Installer to install SQL Server CE:
msiexec /I SSCESetup.msi /L*V c:\SSCESetup.log
NOTE: You may place the SSCESetup.log file anywhere you want on your
- Verify that SQL Server CE was installed correctly by
locating the following text at the end of the SSCESetup log file:
Action ended 9:07:24: INSTALL. Return value 1.
MSI (c) (05:F1): Product: Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Windows CE Edition -- Installation operation completed successfully.
For more information about the Windows Installer error
codes, refer to the MSDN Library at:
For additional information, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Error Message When You Attempt to Install Program Using Windows
How to Enable Windows Installer Logging in Windows 2000
SQL Server CE Readme.txt Release Notes about
SQL Server 2000 Books Online; topic: "Windows Installer"
Article ID: 280352 - Last Review: October 26, 2013 - Revision: 4.0
- Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Windows CE Edition
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