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Sep 12, 2014 at 01:39 AM

Native client x86 installation on Windows 8


Can anyone give me advice on how to install MS SQL Server Native Client 11 (for MS SQL Server Express 2012) on Windows 8 x64/64-bit?

I appreciate from previous posts that the Native client x86/32-bit version is required because PowerBuilder 12.5.2 is 32-bit. (If I install the x64/64-bit Native Client, MS SQL Server does not recognise it and advises it is not installed)

However, when I go to the MS x86/32-bit package download site, and run the install, I get the message, "Installation of this product failed because it is not supported by this operating system ..." viz, not compatible with Windows 64-bit OS.

Does this mean I have to replace Windows 8 x64 with Windows 8 x86? (sort of like changing my car to fit a spark plug?)

Bill Beale