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Installing SQL Server Management Studio Express 2008

Modified on Thu, Apr 26, 2012, 11:32 AM by Administrator Categorized as SQL Server, Visual Studio and Developer Tools


When you install Visual Studio 2010, you can choose to install SQL Server 2008 Express Edition. However, selecting this option does not install Management Studio. This article explains how to add Management Studio to a VS2010 installation.


1. Download the SQL Server Management Studio installation from http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=7593

2. Run the setup. In the Installation Center dialog, click "Installation", then "New SQL Server stand-alone installation or add features to an existing installation" (the first "link").

Installation Center Dialog

Installation Center Dialog

3. When the installation wizard gets to the "Installation Type" step, choose "Perform a new installation of SQL Server 2008". This is counter-intuitive, yet correct.

Installation Type Dialog

Installation Type Dialog

4. Continue through the installation wizard till you get to Features Selection, where you can choose Management Tools - Basic.

Feature Selection Dialog

Feature Selection Dialog

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