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I have just installed SQL Server 2005 on a Windows 7 Home Edition system. I am planning to use the server from a .NET Application. Now I want to start the local database engine service. I read here and found out that SQL Server Configuration manager can canfigure database engines.

The problem is that when I open the SQL Server Configuration manager I see nothing in the 'SQL Server 2005 Services' and 'SQL Server 2005 Network Confiration' pages.

What should I do?

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I hate to state the obvious, but did you try to reinstall? Are you sure you didn't install something like Embedded Or Compact edition? – Coding Gorilla Sep 22 '11 at 19:16
I'm sure its not the Embedded or Compact edition. I have not tried to reinstall as I thought that maybe I'm missing something else. – Mostafa Mahdieh Sep 22 '11 at 19:21
The only other thing that I can think of is that you might need to apply some service packs, AFAIK SQL Server 2005 is not supported on windows 7 without some service packs (not sure if it's supported at all). – Coding Gorilla Sep 22 '11 at 19:25
Is the database server listed in the Services list? – Peter Schofield Sep 22 '11 at 19:26
@CodingGorilla: I have installed SQL Server 2005 SP 4 Using windows 7 update manager. – Mostafa Mahdieh Sep 22 '11 at 19:28
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Usually the simplest answer is the best answer: Reinstall.

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