My intention in sharing this post it to help you install an instance of SQL Server 2017 Developer Edition. I accept most of the defaults in this installation, changing a few things that I only change in non-Production environments (like Mixed Mode Authentication for security). Please follow the advice of Microsoft and SQL Server professionals when installing production instances of Microsoft SQL Server 2017.
Click the Installation page and click the New SQL Server stand-alone installation or add features to an existing installation link:
Pay attention on the Product Key page. Be sure to select Developer Edition (and not accept the default Evaluation Edition):
Accept the license terms:
Select (or don’t select) to Use Microsoft Updates:
Check and address (if required) Installation Rules:
Select options and set directories:
Select the default instance or provide a name for a named instance:
Review Server configuration:
This is one way to get a SQL Server 2017 Developer Edition instance up and running quickly so you can begin tinkering with the new functionality and testing old functionality.
Hope this helps!