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System Requirements

* See Express Readme for further details

Operating System

Windows 2000 Service Pack 4

Windows XP Service Pack 2

Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1

Windows x64 editions

Windows Vista


Computer with a 600 MHz or faster processor

(1 GHz or higher recommended)


Minimum: 192 MB

Recommended: 256 MB (512 MB or more with SQL Express)

Hard Drive

Minimum: 500 MB

Includes Visual C++ Express and the .NET Framework 2.0

Full Installation: 1.3 GB

Also includes MSDN Express Library 2005 and Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition

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Uninstall beta versions

Before installing, you mustuninstall any previous Beta, CTP or Tech Preview versions of SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005, and the .NET Framework 2.0.


Download and install

Download and install Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition!!


Note: Having network issues or need to burn a CD for offline installation? Follow the manual installation instructions.



Why register? You’ll need to get your registration key. Additionally, you’ll get a lot of free stuff including royalty-free images from Corbis, online training from Microsoft Learning, E-books from Microsoft Press and more. Learn more about registration benefits.


Install the Platform SDK

You will now want to install the Microsoft Platform Software Development Kit (SDK).

Need Help?

Having problems downloading or installing Express? Visit the Support area on this site or the Express Forums for troubleshooting tips and answers to common questions.