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    • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition - Community Technology Preview April 2005

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        • To download and install SQL Server 2005 Express, perform the following steps in the exact order as presented.

          Note: You must have administrative rights on the computer to install SQL Server 2005 Express.

          • Step 1: Use Add/Remove Programs to remove any earlier version of SQL Server 2005 components (prior to build 9.00.1116).
          • Remove the following components (if any or all exist) in the same order as listed here:
            • Microsoft SQL Server "Yukon" Beta 1
            • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Beta 2
            • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition Beta 2
            • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Tools Beta 2
            • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Tools Express Edition Beta 2
            • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Data Transformation Services Beta 2
            • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services Beta 2
            • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Notification Services Beta 2
            • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services Beta 2
            • Microsoft SQL Server Setup Support Files
            • Microsoft SQL Native Client
            Note1: If you are uninstalling the SQL Server 2005 December 2004 CTP or February 2005 CTP release, the component names in Add or Remove Programs will say "Beta 3" instead of "Beta 2."
            Note2: You do not have to remove previous versions of SQL Server, such as: SQL Server 2000, SQL Server version 7.0, or earlier.

          • Step 2: Use Add/Remove Programs to remove Microsoft .NET Framework versions 1.2 or 2.0, if installed.


          • Note: You do not have to uninstall Microsoft .NET Framework Versions 1.0 and 1.1.

          • Step 3: Download and install the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 available here.


          • Step 4: Install SQL Server 2005 Express by clicking the Download button on the upper right corner of this page. SQLExpr.exe is a self-extracting installation package of SQL Server 2005 Express. Save the SQLExpr.exe file to your computer.

            Note: If you click Open (instead of Save), SQLExpr.exe will start Setup over the network. This method is not recommended on slow network or dial-up connections.


          • Step 5: Double-click the downloaded SQLExpr.exe file and examine the End User License Agreement information. If you accept the terms, select I accept the licensing terms and conditions, and then click Next to continue the installation.


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