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Installing SQL Server Express as part of a VB2008.net program - Questions

1. The SQL Server Express install I found is like 256mb.  Is there a smaller one?  I remember MSDE being like 10mb.

2. If SQL server is already on the target computer how can I detect that?

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onemorecoke
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quizwedgeCommented:
SQL Server 2005 Express can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/Sqlserver/2005/en/us/express-down.aspx and has a download option of 36.5 MB.

SQL Server 2008 R2 Express can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/express/Database/InstallOptions.aspx and starts at 71MB.

You should be able to see it in your add/remove programs or in Services under Administrative Tools.
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onemorecokeAuthor Commented:
If you were creating an app today and needed the SQL server, would you choose 2005 or 2008?
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quizwedgeCommented:
I would go with SQL Server 2008 R2 for no other reason than it's the most current version and therefore has the most support life cycle left. I'm still using 2005, but am considering a move to 2008 R2 in the next few months when I have time to see how the change will affect my setup, if at all.
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onemorecokeAuthor Commented:
That's good advice, thanks.  I want people to be able to demo my product without having to jump through all the hoops of having to install the SQL Server initially.  I was thinking of using the SQL Compact edition until they purchase.  Do you see any wisdom in that, drawbacks?  Thanks for the answers.

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quizwedgeCommented:
Sorry, I don't really know anything about SQL Compact edition.

Looks like you also wanted to know how to programatically detect if SQL Server is installed. See http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sqlexpress/archive/2006/07/29/faq-detecting-sql-server-2005-using-wmi.aspx
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