As I upgraded from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, I noticed that the SQL Server Services in SQL Server Configuration Manager is empty. SQL Server still works perfectly well at the moment. SQL Server 2014 is installed on a local machine.

I have read blogs - https://www.mssqltips.com/sqlservertip/2492/why-is-sql-server-configuration-manager-missing-services/ and http://www.sqlservercentral.com/Forums/Topic1469391-1292-1.aspx and still could not resolve the issue.

I backed up databases, uninstalled and re-installed and yet the node is still empty. What should I do?

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SQL Server Configuration Manager Screen

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    Windows 10 just got released.. Are you able to see SQL server services in services.msc ? May be after a new update you are able to see it.
    – Kin Shah
    Aug 3, 2015 at 22:38
  • I have turned on Sql Server Distributed Replay Client and Sql Server Distributed Replay Controller. Nothing is visible as of now
    – UpwardD
    Aug 4, 2015 at 9:50
  • Show the screen shot of Configuration Manager's empty window, too. It's possible you're just looking in the wrong folder. Aug 4, 2015 at 11:29
  • Hi @AaronBertrand, I have updated with screen shot.
    – UpwardD
    Aug 4, 2015 at 11:34
  • Ah, I think I know what has happened - the type of upgrade you did basically moved all of your applications/services to Windows.old (I bet that's the only place you find sqlservr.exe etc). You'll need to reinstall SQL Server (you should be able to find the mdf/ldf files over there or, better yet, you have backups that you took before the upgrade, right?). Aug 13, 2015 at 10:21

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I did the upgrade on my laptop with SQL Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2012 already installed. The issue I had was that SSCM actually disappeared from the Start Menu, if after repair it would not put them back. I ended up finding them under the Windows root directory, but have since done a complete reinstall of Windows 10 on my laptop, and reinstalled SQL Server.

I would expect you are looking at a similar situation that is going to require a reload of Windows 10. You might try just doing the refresh, where it does not completely remove everything...but I doubt that is going to work. I did a factory reset where I went back to Windows 8.1, then forced an upgrade to Windows 10. Which I might add, doing that seemed to have improved Windows 10 at least on my laptop (Lenovo Y 40-80) compared to running it after the upgrade.

One last chance you might attempt is to install the SSMS preview (standalone of SSMS) from here.

  • Thanks. I am considering reinstalling Windows 10 this coming weekend
    – UpwardD
    Sep 22, 2015 at 14:21
  • @dLight although it was a bit of a pain, it did a much cleaner install for me at least. For reference I utilized this to force Windows 10 to install because you will likely never get the prompt to do it: windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/…
    – user507
    Sep 22, 2015 at 14:29
  • Thanks. Will go for it this coming weekend and update this post
    – UpwardD
    Sep 22, 2015 at 14:31
  • I had to reinstall Windows 10 over the weekend and now everything is okay. Thanks Shawn
    – UpwardD
    Sep 28, 2015 at 10:28

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