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Install Windows Installer 4.5

FineBuild can install Windows Installer 4.5 as part of the SQL Server install process.

SQL Server 2008 and above requires that Windows Installer 4.5 is installed prior to starting the main SQL Server install.

For some editions of SQL Server or versions of Windows the install media for Windows Installer 4.5 must be downloaded, for others the install media is included. The table below shows when you must do a download.

Operating system SQL Server Version Express Edition Other Editions
Windows 2008 R2 or above Any Included Included
Windows 2008 or below SQL 2008 R2 or above Download Download
SQL 2008 Download Included
SQL 2005 Download Download

If you need to do a download, then choose the correct process for your operating system.:

Windows 2008 R2 or above
Windows 2008 or below

Download for Windows 2008 R2 or above

This covers Windows 2008 R2, Windows 2012 and Windows 2012 R2, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
If you are installing on Windows 2008 R2 or above, Windows Installer 4.5 or above is built in to this version of Windows. No download or install is needed.

Download for Windows 2008 or below

This covers Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Vista and Windows 2008

1) Obtain a copy of any SQL Server 2008 server edition media. This can be the free Evaluation Edition media.

2) For both 32-bit and 64-bit installations, copy the following folder:

Source Destination
\x86\redist\Windows Installer Additional Components\Redist\Windows Installer

The Additional Components\Redist\Windows Installer folder must contain both the \x86 and \x64 sub-folders, but the \ia64 sub-folder can be deleted.

3) If you are installing SQL Server Express Edition, then you must also Install .Net 3.5.

FineBuild Windows Installer 4.5 Install

Automated silent installation of Windows Installer 4.5 is performed by Process Id 2AH. It will always be performed if the version of Windows Installer already installed is lower than 4.5.

If Windows Installer 4.5 is installed, then a reboot will be done to allow this component to be used.

Manual Windows Installer 4.5 Install

The following steps show what you would have to do to install Windows Installer 4.5 manually. FineBuild does all of this work for you automatically.

1) Navigate to the install media and double-click on the following file:

SQL 2008 server edition 32 bit \x86\redist\Windows Installer\x86\INSTMSI45.EXE
SQL 2008 server edition 64 bit \x64\redist\Windows Installer\x64\INSTMSI45.MSU
SQL 2008 R2 or Express edition 32 bit Additional Components\redist\Windows Installer\x86\INSTMSI45.EXE
SQL 2008 R2 or Express edition 64 bit Additional Components\redist\Windows Installer\x64\INSTMSI45.MSU

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2) If Windows Installer 4.5 needs to be installed, then the following window is displayed. Click OK to continue.
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3) The following is displayed while the hotfixes are being installed:
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4) The following is displayed when the hotfix install is complete. Do not reboot the server at this stage, but click Close to exit.
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Last edited Mar 22, 2014 at 9:11 PM by EdVassie, version 8