SQL Server 2005 installers stop dependent services

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

If you are still running SQL Server 2005, 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.

This article describes how to determine services that depend on the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 service.
SQL Server 2005 updates that are not completed successfully may leave services that depend on the SQL Server service in a stopped state after installation. Be aware of the services that depend on the SQL Server service before you install the update. Additionally, if the dependent services are not started after the update, start the dependent services manually, or restart the computer.

Note If you restart the computer, all dependent services that have a Startup Type of Automatic will be started in the correct order.

To determine services that depend on the SQL Server service on a computer that is running SQL Server 2005, follow these steps:

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.
  1. Click Start, click Run, type services.msc, and then press ENTER.
  2. In the list of services, double-click SQL Service (Instance_name).

    Note The placeholder Instance_name represents the name that is given to the instance of SQL Server during the initial installation of SQL Server 2005.
  3. In the SQL Service (Instance_name) Properties dialog box, click the Dependencies tab. Note all services that appear in the The following system components depend on this service box. You may have to expand each item to determine hierarchical dependency.
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
For more information about MSDE, visit the following Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Web site:

Article ID: 953741 - Last Review: 06/10/2008 18:08:18 - Revision: 1.2

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