SQLManagementStudio_x64_ENU.exe is not a valid Win32 Application

By | 2010-07-06

Today I installed SQL Server Management Studio Express (standalone) on a brand new Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 machine.

After downloading the install from Microsoft and running it, I received the following error:

“SQLManagementStudio_x64_ENU.exe is not a valid Win32 Application”

I assumed I had some weird versioning issue, and read all kinds of blogs about internal db’s included with Windows Server, etc. ┬áCome to find out, the download was corrupted, and re-downloading the file, solved my problem.

So in the end it was trivial, but I figured I would post about it, because the error message wasn’t very telling of what was actually happening.

5 thoughts on “SQLManagementStudio_x64_ENU.exe is not a valid Win32 Application

  1. tonalq

    Thanks – I had this too after slow download with IE – the file was 40Mb too small. Tried again with Chrome and much quicker but still not quite big enough. Tried again with Chrome and file the right size and started OK, but then reported corruption. Eventually I went through MSDN and that was OK, though obviously not an option open to everyone. I find this just plain weird, having never had problems like this before. Thanks for putting me on the right track.

  2. Tom


    Spent at least an hour searching for clues…


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