Sunday, 4 March 2012

Fix error "Failed to generate a user instance of SQL Server due to a failure in starting the process for the user instance."


Fix error "Failed to generate a user instance of SQL Server due to a failure in starting the process for the user instance."
Have you ever tried to create a user instance database from Visual Studio on SQL Server 2005 Express (or above) and got this terrible (can it be more confusing?) message:

"Failed to generate a user instance of SQL Server due to a failure in starting the process for the user instance. The connection will be closed."

If you did and tried to find how to resolve this you probably Googled (or Binged) for hours without being able to find the solution that really works.

Well lets put an end to that. Two simple things need to be done:

Step 1. Enabling User Instances on your SQL Server installation
First we are gonna make sure we have enabled User Instances for SQL Server installation.

Go to Query Window in SQL Server Management Studio and type this:

exec sp_configure 'user instances enabled', 1.
Go
Reconfigure

Run this query and then restart the SQL Server.

Step 2. Deleting old files
Now we need to delete any old User Instances.
Go to your C drive and find and completely DELETE this path (and all files inside):

C:\Documents and Settings\YOUR_USERNAME\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server Data\SQLEXPRESS

(Dont forget to replace the green text in the path with your current username (if you are not sure just go to C:\Documents and Settings\ path to figure it out).
After deleting this dir you can go to Visual Studio, create ASP.NET WebSite and click on your App_Data folder and choose Add New Item and then choose SQL Server Database and it should work!!!
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