Learning - light version of SQL Server for practice.

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I am doing some VB.Net practice and learning.
For that purpose I need some SQL Server learning version or light version that is free and could be downloaded on my Widows PC.
I assume that is Microsoft web site that could be downloaded those anybody has some link or suggestion.
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Bill PrewIT / Software Engineering Consultant
Top Expert 2016

Get a copy of the "express" version and have at it!

SQL Server 2017 Express Edition | Microsoft

JFYI, even the "heavy SQL Server" version is available as free software for developers. Look at SQL Server Developer edition: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sql-server/sql-server-downloads
John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems Engineer

SQL Server LocalDB is the lightest of all...it runs only when needed and it has a minimal footprint
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I downloaded SQL Server Express Edition but when tried to install on my PC w7 I got error message do not meet requirements for installation.
On my PC I have W7 64, 8G memory and 200 G free disk  space?
Not sure what is making problem?
SQL 2017 Express requires Windows 10 or 8.1 or Windows Server 2016 or Windows Server 2012 R2. You may also install SQL Server 2017 on Linux...

SQL Server 2014 is supported in Windows 7. Yo may download it here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42299

Follow these links to download SQL Server 2016 Express (but it also does not support W7):
Core only:  https://download.microsoft.com/download/4/1/A/41AD6EDE-9794-44E3-B3D5-A1AF62CD7A6F/sql16_sp2_dlc/en-us/SQLEXPR_x64_ENU.exe
Advanced (with tools): https://download.microsoft.com/download/4/1/A/41AD6EDE-9794-44E3-B3D5-A1AF62CD7A6F/sql16_sp2_dlc/en-us/SQLEXPRADV_x64_ENU.exe


I will try your solution for w7, thank you a lot.

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