"The backup is incompatible with current server. Please upgrade your database engine or choose a different SQL server."
This message prompt when doing restore.
Reason: You’re using different SQL version with the one that you get the backup file from.
Eg: You’re using SQL Server 2008 R2, they using SQL Server 2012
- Please check your current SQL Server Version.
Get in C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server / C:\Program Files(x86) \Microsoft SQL Server
The first digits refer to the version of SQL Server such as:
- 8.0 for SQL Server 2000
- 9.0 for SQL Server 2005
- 10.0 for SQL Server 2008
- 10.5 for SQL Server 2008 R2
- 11.0 for SQL Server 2012
- 12.0 for SQL Server 2014
- 13.0 for SQL Server 2016
Example as below:
- Install SQL Server version that needed to restore database
Download link as below:
Download and install.
Please refer How to Install SQL Server 2012 express