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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

SQL Server Management Studio and the "Saving changes is not permitted" error.

Sometimes after a new install of Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio, you may get a default setting that prevents the user from changing the design of tables in the visual designer mode, which can be extremely frustrating, as it is not easy to figure out how to turn the checking off that is preventing table redesign. The error message will be announced in an annoying popup whose text is uncopyable:

"Saving changes is not permitted. The changes you have made require the folloing tables to be dropped and re-created. You have either made changes to a table that can't be re-created or enabled the option Prevent saving changes that require the table to be re-created."

Here's how to solve this in Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio 2008:

1) Go into the Tools...Options... menu

2) In the popup, on the left, expand "Designers" by clicking on the plus

3) In the "Table Options" shown to the right, MAKE SURE that "Prevent saving changes that require table re-creation" is NOT checked.

I've lost a few hours of my life to this nuisance. Hope this will help someone else out of the conundrum.

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