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can't install 2012 express x86 on windows server 8?

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  • error:

    Rule "Edition WOW64 platform" failed.

    SQL Server Setup is not supported in WOW64.  This setup program can be run only on a 32-bit system.

    So, am i understanding this correctly? SQL Server 2012 Express x86 can be installed on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, but not on Windows Server 8?

    Friday, March 16, 2012 10:58 PM

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  • i wasn't able to get the express installers to work, but i was able to install express x86 on server 8 from the sql 2012 full iso, selecting "x86" in options (can't do that with the x64 express installer, and the x86 express installer gives the wow64 error)
    • Marked as answer by almaplayera Saturday, March 17, 2012 12:24 AM
    Saturday, March 17, 2012 12:24 AM
  • for posterity:

    i had somehow downloaded the "SQLEXPR32_x86_ENU.exe" file instead of "SQLEXPR_x86_ENU.exe".  "SQLEXPR32_x86_ENU.exe" is intended to install only on 32 bit systems, hence the error message.

    • Marked as answer by almaplayera Saturday, March 17, 2012 1:14 AM
    Saturday, March 17, 2012 1:14 AM

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  • i wasn't able to get the express installers to work, but i was able to install express x86 on server 8 from the sql 2012 full iso, selecting "x86" in options (can't do that with the x64 express installer, and the x86 express installer gives the wow64 error)
    • Marked as answer by almaplayera Saturday, March 17, 2012 12:24 AM
    Saturday, March 17, 2012 12:24 AM
  • for posterity:

    i had somehow downloaded the "SQLEXPR32_x86_ENU.exe" file instead of "SQLEXPR_x86_ENU.exe".  "SQLEXPR32_x86_ENU.exe" is intended to install only on 32 bit systems, hence the error message.

    • Marked as answer by almaplayera Saturday, March 17, 2012 1:14 AM
    Saturday, March 17, 2012 1:14 AM