Can we install Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Evaluation on Windows 8/8.1 ?


  • Can we install Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Evaluation on Windows 8/8.1 ?

    Already checked it @, but no information available for Evaluation Version.

    Shashank Verma

    • Edited by ShashankV16 Monday, December 12, 2016 9:17 AM
    Monday, December 12, 2016 9:08 AM

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  • Hi ShashankVerma

    Check this link about that and give me a feedback after.

    The system Requirements

    There are several hardware and software requirements that should be taken into consideration before installing new SQL Server 2016:

    1. 64 bit processor, with at least 1.4 GHz clock speed. Older 32 bit processors are not supported by the SQL Server 2016.

    2. At least 512 MB of system memory is required, but be aware that some of the features require much more.

    3. As for the hard drive – at least 6 GB of free space is required, and it heavily depends on additional features that could be installed. Detailed information on disk space requirements for each feature could be found here.

    4. FAT32 filesystem is supported, but it is strongly recommended to avoid it, and use an NTFS formatted drives instead. FAT32 filesystems proved to be less secure then NTFS systems when using SQL Server 2016.

    5. Setup cannot be performed on Read-only, mapped or compressed drives.

    6. Installing SQL Server 2016 on domain controllers is not recommended, since it can cause security conflicts.

      Component Requirements
      Minimal Recommended
      Processor Speed 1.4 GHz on x64 Processor 2 GHz or faster
      System Memory (RAM) 512 MB 1024 MB
      Hard Disk Space 6 GB 8 GB or more
      Operating System Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 Windows 8 or later

    Systems that are currently supported for SQL Server 2016 installation are:

    • Windows 8 and 8.1 (All 64 bit editions)

    • Windows 10 (All 64 bit editions)

    • Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2

    Older systems like Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 are not supported by SQL Server 2016.

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    Monday, December 12, 2016 9:13 AM
  • Dear Shashank,

    please note that if you could successfully install win 8 or 8.1 then Win 2016 Evaluation can fit in same infrastructure.

    for more




    Monday, December 12, 2016 10:54 AM
  • Hi ShashankVerma,

    Based on my test, SQL Server 2016 Evaluation can be installed on Windows 8.1, however it will not get the official support.

    Besides, what do you want to do with SQL Server 2016 Evaluation edition? If you only want to test, you can use Developer edition because it will get the official support and has the full features. SQL Server 2016 Developer edition is also free, you can get it from

    If you have any other questions, please let me know.

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    Tuesday, December 13, 2016 9:35 AM