The SQL Express 2008 family is getting bigger

We've released SQL Server 2008 Express with Tools (a new edition for 2008) and SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services to the web. You can find information comparing the three editions of SQL Express in my recent blog post. You can find links to download any of the three editions of SQL Express from the Express web site. For those of you looking for Management Studio Express, you can install it from either SQL Express with Tools or SQL Express Advanced; there will not be a separet download for Management Studio for 2008.

It's worth writing about the naming of the files and how the file name relates to what you're installing. As in the past, there are different downloads available for Express depending on the OS architecture and language you want to install. SQL Express core has three packages available while SQL Express w/ Tools and SQL Express Advanced have two each.

 SQLEXPR32_x86_ENU.exe / SQLEXPR_x86_ENU.exe

  • SQLEXPR identifies the core edition, the addition of the 32 means that it is a 32bit only package. (We do this in order to reduce the size for deployment.) Without the 32 means it supports installing in the WoW subsystem on an x64 platform, but it's still the 32bit version of SQL Express.
  • x86 is used to identify that this is the 32bit version of SQL Express.
  • ENU identifies the language, English here. Different languages will have different three letter suffixes.


  • x64 is used to identify that this is the 64bit version of SQL Express, so it can only be installed on x64 systems. We don't support installing SQL Express onto IA64 computers.


  • These are the package names for SQL Express with Tools.
  • There is no 32bit only package for this edition, just the 32bit WoW package. 


  • Same as above but for SQL Express Advanced.

All these pacakges have prerequisites which are detailed in earlier posts in this blog and on the download pages for each edition. If you have any questions post them in the SQL Express forum on MSDN.