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Posted Tuesday, February 26, 2013 5:15 AM
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Hi! I am new in this forum and so excited to meet people who live and breath SQL!

Besides being new in this forum, I am new to SQL as well so forgive me if I will ask newbie and "stupid" questions

Now on to my problem.

I am trying to install an SQL server 2012 developer edition with SP1 X64 to my local machine and received this error

"SQL server media not supported on a X86 system. To continue, run the SQL server setup media that matches your system"

What have I done wrong?

A few more information prior to the installation :
- Operating System is Windows 8 on a dual boot MacBook pro
- I allocated 81GB space for Windows system. No application installed yet. SQL would be the first
- I uncompressed the .iso file to a USB drive and to my hard drive then run setup.exe from both but still had the same problem

I suspect that it is because I am trying to install through a different media other than a DVD disc but I do not have available disc right now so I took my chance. I wasn't successful. What is the work around with this problem?

Has anyone encountered this problem before? I need all the help please because I am aiming to take certification exams and this is my initial step so I can practice and review on my spare time.

All help will be appreciated.

thanks!
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Posted Wednesday, February 27, 2013 3:00 AM
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Well....it was a silly mistake!

I got it working now.
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Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2013 9:48 PM
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Ok... so what was the problem? You're the only person I can find after hours of searching on google that has the exact same issue as me, and I have no idea how you made it work. Do I need to put it on an actual DVD? The weird thing is, it installed fine on my work computer, but my home computer (also Windows 7 but Ultimate Edition) will not start any setup of any SQL Server 2012...
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Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2013 10:53 PM
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Ok I finally got it working. My problem was the following:

My home computer has Windows 7 Ultimate, x86. I downloaded and attempted to start every version of SQL Server 2012 for x86 OS, but they all gave the "SQL server media not supported on a X86 system. To continue, run the SQL server setup media that matches your system" error when I attempted to run the setup file.

I fixed it by doing this:

In Add/Remove Programs, click "Microsoft SQL Server XXXX (Latest version you can find I guess, mine was 2012) Setup" and click Repair. It should config something for a few seconds and then nothing... after that, I was magically able to start the 2012 installation, no problem. Must have been some weird files hanging around or something.

Hope this helps someone!
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