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SQL Server 2005 Express Edition System Requirements

Published: November 7, 2005

The following system requirements cover the SQL Server Express Edition.

Express Edition System Requirements

 

32-bit

Processor

600-megahertz (MHz) Pentium III-compatible or faster processor; 1-gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor recommended

Framework

Before installing SQL Server 2005 Express Edition, you must download and install the .NET Framework 2.0 from this Microsoft Web site.

Operating System

  • Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or later

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional with SP4

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server with Service Pack 4 or later

  • Windows Server 2003 Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter editions
    with Service Pack 1 or later

  • Windows Server 2003 Web Edition SP1

  • Windows Small Business Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 or later

  • Vista Home Basic and above (SQL Express SP1 and SQL Express Advanced SP2)

Memory

192 megabytes (MB) of RAM or more; 512 megabytes (MB) or more recommended

Hard Disk

  • Approximately 350 MB of available hard-disk space for the recommended installation

  • Approximately 425 MB of additional available hard-disk space for SQL Server Books Online, SQL Server Mobile Books Online, and sample databases

Drive

CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive

Display

Super VGA (1,024x768) or higher-resolution video adapter and monitor

Other Devices

Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device

Other Requirements

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1 or later

To review system requirements for other editions, visit the SQL Server 2005 System Requirements page.

Notes:

  • SQL Server 2005 Express Edition requires the .NET Framework 2.0. Before installing SQL Server 2005 Express Edition, you must download and install the .NET Framework 2.0 from this Microsoft Web site.

  • SQL Server 2005 does not support the Banyan VINES Sequenced Packet protocol (SPP), Multiprotocol, AppleTalk, or NWLink IPX/SPX network protocols. Clients previously connecting with these protocols must select a different protocol to connect to SQL Server 2005.

  • SQL Server 2005 software works on the hardware certified for use with the Microsoft Windows operating system.

  • Actual requirements will vary based on your system configuration and the applications and features you choose to install. Additional available hard-disk space may be required.

  • SQL Server 2005 Express Edition will also run on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 64-bit x64 Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter edition with Service Pack 1 or later running in Windows on Windows.

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