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SQL Server 2008 R2 Database To 2008 Express Database

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I downloaded SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard edition for my company and we have been using the trail edition. Today I found out how much it costs and decided it would be better for us to use the 2008 Express Edition. Will my DB created in 2008 Standard edition work with 2008 Express edition? In other words, if I backup my database, unintstall standard edition and reinstall express edition can I then restore the datbase to the express edition?
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Yes as long as you mean 2008 R2 Express. 2008 R2 won't restore to 2008.  And 2008 R2 express only supports dbs up to 10GB, so if it is less than 10GB, it will attach/restore.

Since you decided express R2 limitations on RAM/CPU are ok for you, I won't comment on that.
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