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Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition

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Download the Express Edition of Microsoft SQL Server 2005. SQL Server Express is a powerful and reliable data management product that delivers rich features, data protection, and performance for embedded application clients, light Web applications, and local data stores.
  • Note:There are multiple files available for this download.Once you click on the "Download" button, you will be prompted to select the files you need.
    Version:

    1

    File Name:

    SQLEXPR.EXE

    ReadmeSQLEXP2005.htm

    RequirementsSQLEXP2005.htm

    Date Published:

    07-11-2005

    File Size:

    53.5 MB

    72 KB

    21 KB

      Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition (SQL Server Express) is a powerful and reliable data management product that delivers rich features, data protection, and performance for embedded application clients, light Web applications, and local data stores. Designed for easy deployment and rapid prototyping, SQL Server Express is available at no cost, and you are free to redistribute it with applications. SQL Server Express is designed to integrate seamlessly with your other server infrastructure investments. For more information about SQL Server Express, see the SQL Server Express page on MSDN.

      For information about the different editions of SQL Server 2005, see the feature comparison page.
  • Supported Operating System

    Windows 2000 Service Pack 4, Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1, Windows XP Service Pack 2

      • Computer with Intel or compatible Pentium III 600 MHz or faster processor (1 GHz or faster is recommended.)
      • Minimum of 192 MB of RAM (512 MB or more is recommended.)
      • 525 MB of available hard disk space

      To learn more about what is required to run SQL Server 2005 Express Edition, see the system requirements page.
    • Note: You must have administrative rights on the computer to install SQL Server Express.

        Step 1: Download and install Windows Installer 3.1.

        Step 2: For 32-bit platforms, download and install the 32-bit version of Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0. For 64-bit platforms (x64 and EMT64 only), download and install the 64-bit version of Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0.

        Step 3: Download SQL Server Express by clicking the SQLExpr.exe link later on this page. To start the installation immediately, click Run. To install SQL Server Express at a later time, click Save. SQLExpr.exe is a self-extracting installation package of SQL Server Express.

        Step 4: Follow the installation instructions provided in the Readme.

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