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i am running SQL Server 2012 Management Studio Express in windows 7, i am having issues connecting to the local db. i tried all the above mentioned solutions, didnt work. please help. thanks in advance.

installation url- http://www.filehippo.com/download_sql_server_studio/

error- A network-related or instance-specific error occurred while establishing a connection to SQL Server. The server was not found or was not accessible. Verify that the instance name is correct and that SQL Server is configured to allow remote connections. (provider: SQL Network Interfaces, error: 26 - Error Locating Server/Instance Specified) (Microsoft SQL Server, Error: -1)

For help, click: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink?ProdName=Microsoft+SQL+Server&EvtSrc=MSSQLServer&EvtID=-1&LinkId=20476

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Why did you download this from filehippo, by the way? –  HopelessN00b Aug 28 '12 at 17:19
    
Did you install the server? This link shows the tools only. Plus - agree with HopelessN00b - why file hippo? –  tsells Sep 4 '12 at 3:02

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