2008 SQL Server Express size limit and how to upgrade to 2008 SQL Express R2

Trying to upgrade an application I have from one version to another and I'm getting a message about the database not having enough space to do the upgrade.  Currently, the database is only 2.5GB...

I thought I had downloaded the 2008 R2 SQL express to give me a 10GB database size limit...Can someone help me with this?
vianceadminAsked:
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RayData AnalystCommented:
There may be a disk space issue as sql server 2008 express (non R2) supports 10GB files.  

There could also be an issue with DB compatibility level.  SQL Server 2008 may not allow the 10GB limit if the DB itself is in a compatibility mode prior to 2008.  If this is the issue, you can change the "compatibility level" by going to the object browser and right click on the database name, then select properties.  In the next window, select 'options' on the left and "compatibility level" on the right then set to 2008 if not already there.  Be sure that compatibility level will not cause any grief with applications that access the data.
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Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
Did you check how much available space do you have in the disk where you want to install the SQL Server?
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vianceadminAuthor Commented:
Compatibility level is set to SQL Server 2005 (90).  Is that the issue?  I can change it to SQL Server 2008 (100).  Plenty of space on the disk...
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Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
Yes, you can try,
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vianceadminAuthor Commented:
Apparently there was a way to do the upgrade of the app and not care about the size of the database.
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Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
Do you want to share with us the solution?
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vianceadminAuthor Commented:
Apparently there was space on the database but the install of the app was checking something. I called them and they had me run the install with a parameter that ignored the size of the database.
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Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
Thanks.
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vianceadminAuthor Commented:
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Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
Chose your comment as solution. Should be enough to close this question.
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vianceadminAuthor Commented:
Found own solution...
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