How to perform an in-place upgrade from SQL Express to SQL Server other editions?

by Xavier Dilip Kumar 17. July 2015 09:28


1. Open Command prompt with "Run as Administrator" permission

2. Change directory to your SQL server setup/install folder

3. Execute the follwoing command


  • INSTANCENAME - Existing SQL EXPRESS instance you want to upgrade
  • PID - Product Key


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