This Readme document contains important information to read before installing Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008. It describes how to find installation assistance in Books Online, how to find Upgrade Advisor, how to find supplemental product information in the Release Notes, and copyright attributions for the product. This readme also applies to the following products:
SQL Server 2008 Express
SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services
SQL Server 2008 Express with Tools
This Readme file is available on your installation media, as well as from the Readme download page.
Use Books Online for Installation Assistance
SQL Server 2008 Books Online is the primary documentation for getting assistance with installing SQL Server. You can obtain Books Online in the following ways:
Install Books Online by selecting the SQL Server 2008 Books Online feature in this release of SQL Server 2008. After installing, update to the latest version, which is available from the Books Online download page.
View Books Online on MSDN.
Download a stand-alone version from the Books Online download page.
To view the Books Online installation documentation without accessing Books Online, you can open the s10ch_setup.chm file from the installation media or from your computer using the following paths:
To open s10ch_setup.chm from the installation media, open <drive>:\[x86] | [x64] | [ia64]\help\1033\s10ch_setup.chm.
To open s10ch_setup.chm on your computer, open <drive>:\%Program Files%\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Setup Bootstrap\CTP6\[x86] | [x64] | [ia64]\Help\1033\s10ch_setup.chm.
The help file for updates (s10ch_update.chm) can be opened the same way.
The following Books Online topics on MSDN contain important information about installing SQL Server 2008. These topics are also in the installed versions of Books Online and in the s10ch_setup.chm file.
Analyze Your Upgrade with Upgrade Advisor
The Upgrade Advisor tool analyzes your current instance of SQL Server and provides important information you should know before upgrading. For information about SQL Server 2008 Upgrade Advisor, see the Upgrade Advisor Web site.
Read the Release Notes for the Latest Product Information
The Release Notes provide supplemental information about product behaviors that apply only to this release or that are not documented in this release of Books Online. You can find the Release Notes on the Release Notes page.
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