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.



3 Replies to “Fix: ‘Could not find the Database Engine startup handle’ during SQL Server 2014 installation on Windows 8.1”

  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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