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SQL Server 2005 installers do not update an instance of the SQL Server service that is in a disabled state

Extended support for SQL Server 2005 ends on April 12, 2016

If you are still running SQL Server 2005 after April 12, 2016, you will no longer receive security updates and technical support. We recommend upgrading to SQL Server 2014 and Azure SQL Database to achieve breakthrough performance, maintain security and compliance, and optimize your data platform infrastructure. Learn more about the options for upgrading from SQL Server 2005 to a supported version here.

INTRODUCTION
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 updates do not presume that an instance of SQL Server is intended to be enabled. By design, SQL Server updates do not enable an instance of SQL Server that is in a disabled state. Therefore, SQL Server updates leave the instance of SQL Server in the preupdate configuration state. For a SQL Server update to apply to an instance of SQL Server, the instance must be enabled.

This article describes how to identify and enable an instance of the SQL Server service that is in a disabled state in SQL Server 2005.
MORE INFORMATION
Note Because there are several versions of Microsoft Windows, the following steps may be different on your computer. If they are, see your product documentation to complete these steps.

To identify an instance of the SQL Server service that is in a disabled state, follow these steps for SQL Server 2005:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type Services.msc, and then click OK.
  2. In the Services Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in, locate SQL Server (InstanceName) in the Name column.

    Note InstanceName is the name that is given to the instance of SQL Server during the initial installation.
  3. In the Startup Type column, determine the status of the instance of the SQL Server service.

    The Startup Type column displays whether the status of the instance is Disabled, Manual, or Automatic.
  4. To enable the instance of the SQL Server service, follow these steps:
    1. Double-click the instance of the SQL Server service.
    2. In the SQL Server (InstanceName) Properties dialog box, click the General tab.
    3. In the Startup type list, click Automatic or Manual as appropriate for the scenario.

      Note The following items are available in the Startup type list:
      • Automatic
      • Manual
      • Disabled
    4. Repeat steps a through c for each instance of the SQL Server service that you located in the Services MMC snap-in.
  5. Click Apply, and then click OK.
To enable an instance of the SQL Server service that is in a disabled state, follow these steps for SQL Server 2005:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type Services.msc, and then click OK.
  2. In the Services MMC snap-in, double-click SQL Server (InstanceName).

    Note InstanceName is the name that is given to the instance of SQL Server during the initial installation.
  3. In the SQL Server (InstanceName) Properties dialog box, click the General tab.
  4. In the Startup type list, click Automatic or Manual as appropriate for the scenario.

    Note The following items are available in the Startup type list:
    • Automatic
    • Manual
    • Disabled
  5. Click Apply, and then click OK.
REFERENCES
For more information about SQL Server, visit the following Microsoft Web site:For more information about how to determine the SQL Server version and edition, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
321185 How to identify your SQL Server version and edition
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Article ID: 953739 - Last Review: 06/10/2008 17:55:21 - Revision: 1.2

Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Standard Edition, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition for Itanium-based Systems, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition

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