The TOP N WITH TIES clause is not allowed without a corresponding ORDER BY clause.

Error Message:
Msg 1062, Level 15, State 1, Line 2
The TOP N WITH TIES clause is not allowed without a corresponding ORDER BY clause.

Severity level:
15.

Description:
This error message appears, when you try to use a TOP n WITH TIES clause without a corresponding ORDER BY clause.

Consequences:
The SQL statement cannot be parsed and further execution is stopped.

Resolution:
Error of the Severity Level 15 are generated by the user and can be fixed by the SQL Server user. You must add the ORDER BY clause to the statement.

Versions:
All versions of SQL Server.

Example(s):
SELECT TOP 10 WITH TIES *
  FROM Northwind.dbo.Orders

Remarks:
Because TOP is returning a cursor you must specify a criterion by means of which can be determined what this “TOP” rows are.




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