Microsoft – SQLServer – v2008-R2 – Service Pack 2 – Upgrade – Warning – “You must remove SQL Server 2008 R2”

Microsoft – SQLServer – v2008-R2 – Service Pack 2 – Upgrade – Warning – “You must remove SQL Server 2008 R2”

In the retail Industry, all you care about is that time between ThanksGiving (late November) and New Year.

And, since everyone knows you can not really trust IT with it, conventional wisdom is not to let them touch or get anywhere close to the servers.

Now I see why Data Centers and Cloud Computing took off so much.

Anyways it is the first day of November and so we yet have a few days to break things.

Starting with MS SQL Server v2008-R2 SP2 :

But, look upon initiating the install, I get the screen shot pasted below:

It basically states “To quit SQL Server Setup. Click Yes.  If you quit the setup operation, you must remove SQL Server 2008 R2 before you setup again.  To return to SQL Server Setup, click No”.
Which to mean basically reads that if I do not continue with the upgrade, I must:

  1. Uninstall MS SQL Server
  2. Re-install MS SQL Server
  3. And, then proceed with “Service Pack” upgrade

I have done this upgrade numerous times and so I know it is not as Draconian as the words seems to imply.

It is OK to quit setup; especially as we have yet to begin the actual install; we are only in the “Rules Checking” stage.  No bits has changed.

So please MS and other Tech companies do us all a favor, stop taking money out of QA and Tech Writing.  They are important, and small word plays / mis-placements like this should not get out.

This is a Service Pack; not a Knowledge Base (KB) Upgrade nor a Cumulative Upgrade; from the back roads – “Install at your own risk”.

It a Service Pack and thus generally available and you should not have to feel particularly clever nor strong to attempt to apply it.

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