We need your Express Setup FeedBack

In the next release of SQL Server, called SQL Server 2008 R2 we are working on addressing issues that complicated the installation of SQL Server Express.  As the timeframe to address these issues is tight for this release we won’t be able to address all issues. However, still take the time to file your issue at http://connect.microsoft.com/. If we can’t address in SQL Server 2008 R2, we will consider addressing in the next major release.



Peter Saddow

Program Manager

SQL Server Setup Team

Comments (5)

  1. ControlDesigner says:

    I am having a problem with the SQL 2008 Express Set up Package. I have installed SQL with Advanced tools, everything went smooth, rebooted as required. Created my instance, went through all the steps from the Installation type to Complete, until the message that says: You have successfully installed SQL 2008 Express….etc". Now, the problem I am having is, every time I turn my laptop on the Setup Package starts a new installation session. I did empty my temp folder, I checked my msconfig to see if the SQLExpressWrapper is in there, just in case, and it’s not there. I checked also to see if SQL 2008 Express has been installed in my Add and Remove programs and sure enough it was there too….everything seems fine, but this Setup Package installing everytime I start my laptop doesn’t sound right. I am not sure if I am doing something wrong, I have installed it in my other laptop running vista with no problems at all. Any help will be very appreciated, this is for my senior project. Thank you for any feedback.

  2. williamhoward@hotmail.co.uk says:

    Awful, have re-installed 4 times.  The sooner we get Oracle the better.  It won’t let me create any users even though i am the administrator of the local machine and sql server.

    Hell, it was easier to setup users in MySql from the command line than on this piece of crap.

  3. mwakdk says:


    I have tried to install,,,

    SQL Server® 2008 Express Edition with Service Pack 1

    SQL Server® 2008 Express with Tools

    SQL Server® 2008 Express with Advanced Services

    SQL Server® 2008 Management Studio Express


    After each attempt at the above instalations, I completely uninstall the program and then search and delete any of the unsuccessful program residue that I can find (as we all know even with an unsuccessful install Microsoft leaves large pieces of the program in your computer)

    My operating system is Microsoft Windows XP Home with SP3

    Other than trying a competitors product can anybody help me with this?

  4. jodie says:

    Made the mistake of thinking the the MS IIS download launcher would save me some time on this 2008 Server R2 – 64bit . Big mistake. After unstalling SQL Express 2008 and downloading the install file from Microsoft it refused to install. I should have taken the time and made note of the error message and files it couldn't find but it is really getting late and I'm tired.. On the upside after a fresh clean install and only doing the MS updates SQL Server Express Advanced Services is about half way thru.

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