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SQL Server Express

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Free Freeware
Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP
Aug 4, 2012
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SQL Server Express Review

Sven Sorensen
Microsoft's free version of its SQL database server
A review of SQL Server Express by Sven Sørensen

Microsoft has been keeping up with revisions of its SQL Server for the Windows platform. Under many circumstances, running a Microsoft SQL server can be expensive, but they have released this "Express" version, similar to the former "Compact" version which have both been released by MS as freeware.

This release contains many new features for the IT professionals among us and also includes performance and uptime enhancements compared to 2011, 2010 and 2008 versions.

This release is available both as a 32-bit and 64-bit release.

SQL Server Express features and highlights:
  • Database size limit of 4GB
  • Log files not included in size limit
  • Support for only one CPU (but multiple cores)
  • No SQL Server Agent
  • ClickOnce deployment
  • Privately installed, embedded, with the application
  • Non-admin installation option
  • Runs under ASP.NET
  • Runs on Windows Mobile / Windows Phone platform
  • Installed centrally with an MSI
  • Runs in-process with application
  • 64-bit support

SQL Server Compact Edition is licensed as Freeware for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system / platform from database software without restrictions. SQL Server Compact Edition 2012 is available to all software users as a free download (Freeware).

Filed under:
  • SQL Server Express Download
  • Freeware Database Software

Compatibility with this software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version of SQL Server Express may be available from Microsoft.

SQL Server Express has been picked by our editors as OK software.
SQL Server Express has been tested for viruses and malware.
We have tested SQL Server Express 2012 against malware with several different programs. We certify that this program is clean of viruses, malware and trojans. [Read more]

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