Should SQL Server Denali Run on Windows XP?


Microsoft’s Dan Jones wants your opinion.  Right now, here’s the status of the next version of SQL Server:

The current support matrix for OSes is as follows:

  • Windows Vista SP2 or later
  • Windows Server 2008 SP2 or later
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 or later
  • Windows 7 SP1 or later

The installer is going to block installation on unsupported OSes and it will block unsupported upgrade paths. If the current support matrix for OSes, the current support matrix for upgrade, or the installation blocks will delay your adoption of of SQL Server called “Denali”, please provide this feedback to us!

You can provide feedback on his blog post.  I know there’s a lot of companies out there who’ve decided to stay on Windows XP, and this can be an issue if you’re developing apps that run on local copies of SQL Server like Express.  Now’s your chance to have your voice heard.

Previous Post
Scaling SQL Server: Growing Out
Next Post
Resolving Conflicts in the Database

6 Comments. Leave new

  • I don’t think so. Apparently MS agrees its more headache than its worth. They are likely trying to prevent its use on that OS due to known problems and dont want to be flooded with support calls, bug reports, and bad reviews of their latest DBMS release. I totally agree with that.

  • Joe Fleming (@MuadDBA)
    June 13, 2011 3:18 pm

    Windows XP is what, 11 years old? Yes, you have to get in the dig at MS for failing to show off a really compelling reason to upgrade, but still, it’s 11 years old!

    They shouldn’t have to keep supporting that product because a business refuses to adopt technology changes at a reasonable pace.

  • I think the Express Editions should support WinXP. For all other versions I’m fine with the list above.

  • I am by no means an early adopter, but my work machine and home machine are both windows 7. Here at work we’re slowly phasing out our 2003 servers with 2008 servers (it’ll tkae a while, but it’s in progess), and no new servers will be 2003. if a company isn’t updating their servers, then what’s the point of updating sql server?

  • If a company is still on Windows XP, I doubt they are going to be using SQL Server Denali. They are more likely using SQL Server 2000 or 2005 and very happy with those versions.

  • I would like to see Denali work with XP , as I am still using it on both my work machines.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill out this field
Fill out this field
Please enter a valid email address.