Database Engine Service failed to install during manual SQL 2014 installation.

Potential Symptoms

  • Getting Error 945 Severity Level 16 Message Text Database '%.*ls' cannot be opened due to inaccessible files when starting SQL service.
  • Error exit code -2061893607 : "Could not find the Database Engine startup handle."
  • Error exit code - 2061893606.
  • Receive error "SQLCMD returned error code 1."
  • Error: "Wait on the Database Engine recovery handle failed. Check the SQL Server error log for potential causes" when installing SQL 2014 manually. 
  • Database Engine Services failed to install:


  • Product Family: Software
  • Product: Message Displays
  • Component: Microsoft SQL Server 2014
  • Control System: Venus v4.22, Vanguard v4.24.1 or newer


  • The default account for Database Engine service is in an error state and cannot be used/accessed during installation of SQL 2014.


KB ID: DD3528069

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