While i am installing SQL Server 2008 R2 using the configuration file method I sometimes get an error in installation due to system reboot checking.

After restarting my PC, SQL Server installs properly. I want SQL Server setup to not check if the PC is rebooted or not. In SQL Server 2005 I can do this by using /norebootchk. How can I do this in SQL Server 2008 R2?

Also while installing in silent mode by using quiet=true I am getting a SQL Server command prompt while installing.

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How can I avoid this command prompt appearing when I am installing in quiet mode?


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To skip the reboot check:


To hide the console window:


Full command line/.ini file options can be found here. The SkipRules option is not documented there and appears to be part of the general installer options.

  • Could you please provide a source for the SkipRules option? I don't see it on that page.
    – Jon Seigel
    Commented Mar 28, 2013 at 14:35
  • i also didnt get information about skiprules in that page.Also hideconsole=true didnt work for me.i included it in config file
    – Navaneet
    Commented Mar 28, 2013 at 14:47
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    Yeah, as far as I can tell that's undocumented, part of the general installer options. I found references to it in various blog posts. You can find one such reference in this answer. I did included it and test it in an .ini and the log verified that the rule check was skipped.
    – Mike Fal
    Commented Mar 28, 2013 at 14:51
  • WOW.the undocumented "SkipRules" works perfectly.But the documented HIDECONSOLE=True didnt work. i will try once with /HIDECONSOLE in command line.
    – Navaneet
    Commented Mar 29, 2013 at 5:19
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    i used /HIDECONSOLE in command line and it worked fine
    – Navaneet
    Commented Mar 29, 2013 at 9:12

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