SQL Server – Developer Edition on MS Windows 7


Have a new machine that is running MS Windows 7.

Need SQL Server Client tools on it.  But, would really rather have a server footprint, as well.



Thought of installing SQL Server Express or Advanced Express Edition, but found out that the Developer Edition is now free.

Based on this blog post, starting on March 31st, 201, Developer Editions will be free going forward.



SQL Server 2016 Developer edition

The 2016 edition is available here.

But, it is not install-able on a MS Windows 7 machine.


SQL Server 2014 Developer edition

And, so sought out the previous edition, which happens to be v2014.

Download Links

The link for the download media is:

  1. SQL Server 2014 Developer ( on MyVisualStudio.com )



One is able to download the Release To Manufacturing ( RTM ) or Service Pack 1/ Service Pack 2 Slip-streamed.

Product Date Link
SQL Server 2014 Developer Edition with Service Pack 2 7/13/2016 Link
SQL Server 2014 Developer Edition with Service Pack 1 5/21/2015 Link
SQL Server Developer Edition 4/1/2014 Link




Chose to go with v2014/SP2, as there is no reason to go through the headache of installing the RTM and having to manually update myself.

Or having it updated via Corporate patch system.



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