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 will be available at no cost, and be free to redistribute with applications. Because it is part of Windows Server System, SQL Server Express is designed to integrate seamlessly with your other server infrastructure investments.
- Download and install Windows Installer 3.0. Note: If you are running Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) or Windows XP SP2, you already have Windows Installer 3.0.
- 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.
- Download SQL Server Express by clicking the Download link. Click Run to begin the installation immediately or click Save to save SQLExpr.exe to your computer. If you choose Save, you can install SQL Server Express at a later time by running SQLExpr.exe. SQLExpr.exe is a self-extracting installation package of SQL Server Express.