sql, sql express, and ability to turn off

Hi,
I have a msdn action pack subscription so I have the ability to download sql if I would like.  I wanted to do some work with a very very large db which I have on disk.  It's actually a lot of databases but the total size is around a TB.  I won't be using this much and don't want sql slowing my machine down all the time for no reason.

Is there an easy way to turn on and off the sql services?  Would it be safer to just use sql express?  I am not going to be making a lot of connections.  My main goal is that it won't kill my machine and I don't have to search for and turn on and off a lot of services.

This will be running on a windows 7 boot to vhd machine.
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Aneesh RetnakaranDatabase AdministratorCommented:
services 'SQL server .... ' and 'SQL server agent '' can be disabled as required. Go to control panel services,  You can also disable the other services like , sql browser and SQL VSS,
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DcpKingCommented:
Go to where you have SQL Server installed in the menu system and you'll find Configuration Tools and then SQL Server Configuration Manager. That's the best place to turn things on and off, because it "knows" what needs what, etc.

hth

MIke
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