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System prerequisites for SQL Server
Download the 2019 Developer Edition of SQL Server 
Install the Developer Edition of SQL Server 2019 
Download and Install Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio
Frequently Asked Questions
Is SQL Server from Microsoft free?
How can I tell if SQL Server is set up?
What distinguishes SQL Server from Windows Server?
Does SQL Server require a license?
Last Updated: Mar 27, 2024

How to install the Microsoft SQL server?

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This article provides a thorough overview of using the Installation Wizard to install and set up SQL Server. It describes how to install a new instance of SQL Server using the SQL Server Setup Installation Wizard step-by-step. 

Due to the Installation Wizard's provision of a single feature tree for all of them in this configuration, we are not required to install each SQL Server component separately.

System prerequisites for SQL Server

The prerequisites for installing SQL Server when using the most recent service pack are as follows:

The following software and operating systems will be supported by it:

  • Version 1607 (10.0.14393) or later of Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
  • 2019 Windows Server (64-bit)
  • 2016 Windows Server (64-bit)
  • Windows Vista 2012 R2 (64-bit)
  • 2012 Windows Server (64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)
  • .NET Framework


Hardware required before installing it on our system includes:

  • x64 processor running at 4 GHz or faster It is advised to have 2.0 GHz or more for better use.
  • For express, the minimum RAM requirement is 512 MB, and for all other editions, the RAM requirement is 1 GB. For better use, the express edition should have 1 GB of memory, and all other editions need 4 GB, which should be increased as the size of the database grows.
  • A minimum of 6 GB of disc space is required.

Download the 2019 Developer Edition of SQL Server 

Click the following link to download SQL Server 2019:

Obtain SQL Server here.

You have access to a few SQL Server editions from Microsoft. You can download the Developer edition to use for learning.

Double-clicking the file SQL2019-SSEI-Dev.exe will start the downloader after it has finished downloading.

1. When the downloader prompts you to choose an installation type, select Download Media. With this choice, you can first download the setup files and then install SQL Server.

Choosing Installation type

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2. Select the installation files' storage location, then click the Download button:

Selecting Installation files storage location

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3. The installation files will begin to download via the downloader. It will take some time.

Downloading Media

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4. After the download is finished, open the folder where the downloaded file is located:

Successful Download

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5. To mount an ISO file, right-click it and then choose "Mount":

Mounting an ISO File

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6. Click the setup.exe file in the installation folder to start the installer:

Starting Installer

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Install the Developer Edition of SQL Server 2019 

  1. The following window will appear after you double-click setup.exe; choose the installation option on the left:
Installation Window

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2. To start an installation wizard for SQL Server 2019, click the first link:

Starting Installation Wizard

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3. Choose the Developer edition and then specify the edition you want to install by clicking the Next button.

Selecting the Developer Edition

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4. Click the Next button after selecting "I accept the licence terms":

Selecting the licence terms.

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5. If you don't want to download the SQL Server updates, uncheck the "Use Microsoft Update to check for updates (recommended)" box and click the Next button:

Option for Server Updates Information

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6. Before installation, the installation checks for prerequisites. If there is no error, select Next:

Checking of Prerequisites.

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7. Make your choice for the features you want to install. You require the Database Engine Services for learning purposes; select the checkbox and press Next to proceed:

Select Database Engine Sevices

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8. Enter the SQL Server instance ID and press the Next button:

Instance ID

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9. Choose Mixed Mode, enter the system administration (sa) account password (you must store this password in a secure location so that you can use it to connect to the SQL Server later), and click Add Current User to add the SQL Server Administrators, and then click Next:

 Adding SQL Server Administrators

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10. Check the features of SQL Server 2019 that will be installed:

Features of the Server

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11. To finish the installation, click the Close button:

Finish Installation

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Congratulation! SQL Server 2019 Developer Edition has been set up successfully.

Download and Install Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio

A SQL Server client tool is necessary in order to interact with SQL Server.

The SQL Server Management Studio is offered to you by Microsoft (SSMS). Querying, designing, and managing SQL Server on a local or remote computer is made possible by the SQL Server Management Studio application. You can administer, monitor, and configure SQL Server instances using the tools it offers.

Install the SSMS first by clicking the following link to access the Microsoft website:

After that, run the SSM installer by double-clicking the installation file, SSMS-Setup-ENU.exe. Simple instructions are provided for installing SMSS. Observe the screen order exactly.

1. To begin, click the Install button.

Installation Window

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2. Permit the installer to install the software and then wait a few minutes:

Loading Media

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3. After the configuration is finished, click the Close button:

Setup Completed

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Currently, SQL Server 2019 and SQL Server Management Studio ought to be set up on your computer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is SQL Server from Microsoft free?

A free, feature-rich edition of SQL Server, Microsoft SQL Server 2019 Express is excellent for learning, developing, and powering the desktop, web, and small server applications, as well as for redistribution by ISVs.

How can I tell if SQL Server is set up?

The SQL Server Configuration Manager can be accessed by clicking Start→ All Programs→Microsoft SQL Server→Configuration Tools→SQL Server. SQL Server is not properly installed if these entries are missing from the Start menu.

What distinguishes SQL Server from Windows Server?

What they are designed for is the main distinction between SQL Server and Windows Server: While Windows Servers let you store documents like images, projects, spreadsheets, or Word documents, SQL Servers only store raw data.

Does SQL Server require a license?

Each physical operating system environment (OSE) running SQL Server software requires a license. For each core in the processor, you require a core license. For every actual processor on the server, you require at least four core licenses (core licenses are sold in packs of two).



This blog has extensively discussed How to install the Microsoft SQL Server. On Windows computers, we'll install Microsoft SQL Server piece by piece. We have used the Windows Server 2019 and SQL Server 2019 Developer editions for this blog.

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