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No propertiesy option when I right click on the MSDASQL under Link Server

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Hi, I'm using sql 2005 express on windows 7.  I am log in as a member of the Administrators group on my local dev pc.  I need to create a MySql link server in my SSMS.  I am following the instruction here, http://www.ideaexcursion.com/2009/02/25/howto-setup-sql-server-linked-server-to-mysql/.  Everything is working out fine until I reach "Configure Linked Server Provider".  There is no propertiesy option when I right click on the MSDASQL under Link Server.  there is only 2 items on this context menu, Reports and Refresh.  Why and how can I get this properties?  thank you.
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by:damerval
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this may result from a corrupted installation of SSMS / SQL server.
What version of SQL server  are you using, and if 2005, is it SP3?

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Hi, I'm using windows 7 and sql 2005 express and I think it's sp4.  I think I use this for installation, SQLServer2005SP4-KB2463332-x64-ENU.exe.  Can you tell from the indormation below what version and if it's 32 bit or 64 bit?  The installed folders are C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server which only has 2 folders under it, folder "80" and "90".   However, this other folder here seems to have all the files, C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL.
I thought under (x86) means it's 32bit application.  I'm pretty confused now about what exactly do I have.  

Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio                                    9.00.5000.00
Microsoft Analysis Services Client Tools                                    2005.090.5000.00
Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC)                                    6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255)
Microsoft MSXML                                    3.0 5.0 6.0
Microsoft Internet Explorer                                    8.0.7600.16385
Microsoft .NET Framework                                    2.0.50727.4952
Operating System                                    6.1.7600

Running Select @@version would give me the following
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 - 9.00.3042.00 (Intel X86)   Feb  9 2007 22:47:07   Copyright (c) 1988-2005 Microsoft Corporation  Express Edition on Windows NT 6.1 (Build 7600: )
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Yeah, I have to install 2005 standard edition to get that feature.  thank you.
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