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Article ID: 2793375 - Last Review: January 9, 2013 - Revision: 3.0

INTRODUCTION

The information in this article applies to the following localized (non-English) downloads that were previously posted on the MSDN and Microsoft TechNet websites:
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Standard Edition with Service Pack 1 (x86) – DVD
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Developer Edition with Service Pack 1 (x86) – DVD
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition with Service Pack 1 (x86) – DVD
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Core Edition with Service Pack 1 (x86) – DVD
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Web Edition with Service Pack 1 (x86) – DVD
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Business Intelligence Edition with Service Pack 1 (x86) – DVD
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express (x86 and x64 WoW)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express Management Studio with Service Pack 1 (x86)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express Edition with Tools with Service Pack 1 (x86)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express Edition with Advanced Services with Service Pack 1 (x86)
The information in this article also applies to the following localized (non-English) downloads on the Microsoft Download Center website:
  • SQLServer2012SP1-FullSlipstream-<Language ID>-x86.iso
  • SQLServer2012SP1-FullSlipstream-x86-<Language ID>.exe
  • SQLServer2012SP1-FullSlipstream-x86-<Language ID>.box
  • SQLEXPR_x86_<Language ID>.exe
  • SQLEXPRADV_x86_<Language ID>.exe
  • SQLEXPRWT_x86_<Language ID>.exe
  • SQLManagementStudio_x86_<Language ID>.exe


Note SqlLocalDB.msi (LocalDB x86) and SQLEXPR32_x86_ENU.exe are not affected by this issue.

Symptoms

When you try to install x86-based slipstream installation media for SQL Server 2012 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) on a 64-bit version of the Windows operating system in WoW64 mode, you may receive an error message that resembles the following:

SQL Server Setup is not supported in WOW64. This setup program can be run only on a 32-bit system.

Note All localized SQL Server 2012 SP1 slipstream and ISO packages are unaffected by this issue when they are installed on native architecture systems, for example installing x86-based media on a 32-bit version of Windows, or installing x64-based media on a 64-bit version of Windows.

Workaround

To work around this issue, install the RTM version of your desired x86-based SQL Server installation media, and then upgrade to the SP1 version by applying the x86-based SQL Server 2012 SP1 update on the 64-bit version of Windows in WoW64 mode.

Update The products that are listed in the "Introduction" section were refreshed on January 4, 2012. The refreshed builds do not exhibit the problem that is described in the "Symptoms" section.

More information

To obtain SQL Server 2012 SP1, go to the following Microsoft website:
SQL Server 2012 SP1 download (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35575)
To obtain SQL Server 2012 SP1 Express, go to the following Microsoft website:
SQL Server 2012 SP1 Express download (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=267905)

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