After the installation of SQL Server 2014 was almost completed on a Windows 8.1 workstation, I got the error: "Could not find the Database Engine startup handle".


This was caused by the fact, that I used all standard settings during installation. When you choose all to install SQL Server 2014 with all default options, the SQL Server windows service will run under the NT Service\MSSQL$V2014 account, after changing this login to a correct login (a local admin account on the box) the service started correctly and I could login to the SQL Server 2014 instance.




  1. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! Hours spent installing, uninstalling, deleting registry keys, and this is the only thing that worked. I think I man-love you.


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