This Readme document contains important information to read before installing Microsoft® SQL Server® 2005. It describes how to obtain SQL Server 2005 SP4, how to find installation assistance in Books Online, how to find Upgrade Advisor, how to find supplemental product information in the Release Notes, and copyright attributions for the product.
This Readme file is available on your installation media, as well as from the Readme download page.
Obtaining SQL Server 2005 SP4
SQL Server 2005 SP4 is available for download at the
|The 32-bit version of SP4 can be used to update 32-bit instances that run in Windows-on-Windows 64 (WOW64) x86 emulation mode on a 64-bit system. The 32-bit version will not upgrade any components of a 64-bit instance of SQL Server 2005. To upgrade all components of a 64-bit instance of SQL Server 2005, use the 64-bit version of SP4.|
|SP4 packages||Operating systems*|
All supported 32-bit Windows operating systems, including 32-bit instances on 64-bit operating systems.
Supported Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 64-bit X64 editions.
Supported Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 64-bit Itanium editions.
*For information about supported operating
systems for SQL Server 2005, see
Follow the instructions that are provided at the download site for downloading SQL Server 2005 SP4.
Use Books Online for Installation Assistance
SQL Server 2005 Books Online is the primary documentation for getting assistance with installing SQL Server. You can obtain Books Online in the following ways:
Install Books Online by selecting the SQL Server 2005 Books Online feature in this release of SQL Server 2005. After installing, update to the latest version, which is available from the Books Online download page.
View Books Online on MSDN.
Download a stand-alone version from the Books Online download page.
To view the Books Online installation documentation without accessing Books Online, you can open the setup CHM file from the installation media or from your computer in the Help folder.
The following Books Online topics on MSDN contain important information about installing SQL Server 2005. These topics are also in the installed versions of Books Online and in the s10ch_setup.chm file.
Analyze Your Upgrade with Upgrade Advisor
The Upgrade Advisor tool analyzes your current instance of SQL Server and provides important information you should know before upgrading. For information about SQL Server 2005 Upgrade Advisor, see the Upgrade Advisor Web site.
Read the Release Notes for the Latest Product Information
The Release Notes provide supplemental information about product behaviors that apply only to this release or that are not documented in this release of Books Online. You can find the Release Notes on the Release Notes page.