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Michael Crump

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Introduction

I ran into a problem installing SQL Server 2014 on my Windows 8.1 Update 1 box. It kept giving me this error:

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“Could not find the Database Engine startup handle.”

After lots of searching and reading different recommendations I finally decided to do the following:

  • Disable UAC
  • Extract the ISO to a folder and run the setup.exe from there.
  • Change the SQL Server Database Engine to LocalSystem.

After doing  that my setup was successful. I then launched SQL Server Configuration Manager and made sure that SQL Server was running as shown below:

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Thanks for reading and I hope this helps!