Updated: 3/24/2006

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System Requirements

The following table lists the prerequisite software and minimum hardware and software requirements for running Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition Toolkit (SQL Server Express Toolkit).

To determine if the computer meets the system requirements, from the Start menu, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties. The General tab displays the CPU type and speed, and the amount of installed memory (RAM).

Prerequisite software

Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0

Internet Requirements

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 Service Pack 1 (SP1) or later (prerequisite for .NET Framework)


Minimum: 512 MB

Recommended: 1GB or higher

Hard Disk space

600 MB free space


Pentium III Compatible or higher

Minimum: 600 MHz

Recommended: 1 GHz or higher

Operating System

Windows Server 2003 SP1

Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition SP1

Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition SP1

Windows Server 2003 Web Edition SP1

Windows Small Business Server 2003 Standard Edition SP1

Windows Small Business Server 2003 Premium Edition SP1

Windows XP Professional SP2

Windows XP Tablet Edition SP2

Windows XP Home Edition SP2

Windows XP Media Edition SP2

Windows 2000 Professional Edition SP4

Windows 2000 Server Edition SP4

Windows 2000 Advanced Edition SP4

Windows 2000 Datacenter Server Edition SP4

Virtual PC

Virtual Server

There is no support in this release for Windows XP Embedded Edition


Before You Install SQL Server Express Toolkit

Before you install SQL Server Express Toolkit, make sure that you install the correct version of .NET Framework.

SQL Server Express version .NET Framework version

SQL Server Express Toolkit

Perform the following steps in order:

  1. Uninstall .NET Framework 1.2 and later versions from your computer (versions 1.0 and 1.1 do not have to be uninstalled). Then, install .NET Framework 2.0. from the .NET Framework 2.0 Download Center.

  2. Install SQL Server 2005 Express Edition Toolkit from the Microsoft Web site.


Modifying SQL Server Express Installed Components

The SQLEXPR_TOOLKIT.EXE file is run to install SQL Server Express Toolkit. If SQLEXPR_TOOLKIT.EXE is run directly without saving to a folder, the temporary directory where the binary files are extracted is deleted after the installation is complete. If you try to modify the SQL Server Express components by using Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel, the Change button looks for a setup directory but cannot find it.

To modify the installed SQL Server Express components, you must download sqlexpr.exe again from the Web site, and save the .exe to a folder. At the command prompt, change the path to the folder where the .exe is stored, and run Setup by using the SQLEXPR_TOOLKIT.EXE –x parameter. You are prompted to select an extraction/installation directory.

When you have extracted the Setup files, you can use the Change button to make modifications to your SQL Server Express installation by specifying the extraction directory when prompted.