I need to update the column on Table_1, and then SET the value which select from Table_2

UPDATE top(3) a 
SET col_1 = col_2_From_Table_2
// Problem here, select col_2 from Table_2 and update into col_1
FROM Table_1


ID  | col_1
11  | null
11  | null
11  | null
11  | null
11  | null



Expected Result of Table_1 (Update top 3 records which select form Table_2)

ID | col_1
11  | AA
11  | BB
11  | CC
11  | null
11  | null
  • Why do you reference table 2 in code but table 3 in your description? Feb 1, 2015 at 11:29
  • @AaronBertrand I need both Table_1 and Table_2 to find out which column that need to be updated. And then use the column from Table_3 and update into Table_1.
    – My2ndLovE
    Feb 1, 2015 at 11:34
  • I still don't see what table 2 has to do with anything? Does it have rows that aren't in table 1? Is it missing rows from table 1? Feb 1, 2015 at 12:08
  • @AaronBertrand Hmm..the original code need the Table_2 to make it work. Anyway, I have removed it since it is not part of the question.
    – My2ndLovE
    Feb 1, 2015 at 12:20

1 Answer 1


So really these tables aren't related in any way at all. Assuming you want each row in table 2 assigned to a row in table 1, here's one arbitrary way to do it:

;WITH t1 AS 
  SELECT ID, col_1, rn = ROW_NUMBER() OVER (ORDER BY col_1)
    FROM dbo.table_1
    WHERE ID = 11 -- guessing here based on sample data
t2 AS 
  SELECT col_2, rn = ROW_NUMBER() OVER (ORDER BY col_2) 
    FROM dbo.table_2
    SET col_1 = t2.col_2
  FROM t1 
    ON t1.rn = t2.rn;

If you have other columns you want to order by, you can add them. If you only want three rows and there are more than three rows in table 2, add:

WHERE t2.rn <= 3;

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