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    Install Instructions

    Note: You must have administrative rights on the computer to install SQL Server 2008 Express.

    We recommend that you read the Release Notes and Readme before installing SQL Server 2008 Express.

      Step 1: Download and install Microsoft .Net Framework 3.5 SP1.

      Step 2: Download and install Windows Installer 4.5.

      Step 3: Download SQL Server 2008 Express by clicking the appropriate link later on this page. To start the installation immediately, click Run. To install SQL Server Express at a later time, click Save.

      Note: SQL Server 2008 Express includes both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. SQLEXPR32_x86 is a smaller package that can be used to install SQL Server 2008 Express onto only 32-bit operating systems. SQLEXPR_x86 is the same product but supports installation onto both 32-bit and 64-bit (WoW) operating systems. SQLEXPR_x64 is a native 64-bit SQL Server 2008 Express and supports installation onto only 64-bit operating systems. There is no other difference between these packages.


    To download and install SQL Server 2008 Express with .Net Framework 4 Beta 2 support, click the appropriate link:

    Note: For computers that have the Microsoft .NET Framework version 2.0 Service Pack 2 (SP2) or the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 installed, you can install either SQL Server 2008 Express SP1 with the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 support or SQL Server 2008 Express SP1 with the .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 support. For computers that have the .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 installed only, install SQL Server 2008 Express SP1 with the .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 support. There are no functional differences between these packages. For more information on installing .NET Framework 4.0 Beta 2, see Knowledge Base article 977813.

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