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I plan to download MS SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 - Express Edition. I know I need one of the two applications to download with it: 1) SQL Server 2008 R2 Express with Tools and 2) SQL Server 2008 R2 - Management Studio Express. Which one (1 or 2) is best for me to download?? This is in terms of me just honing and practicing my skills on T-SQL and other basic to intermediate tasks on SQL Server 2008. Thanks a lot!

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You should install SQLEXPRADV_x64_ENU.exe or SQLEXPRADV_x86_ENU.exe depending on the architecture which is full version express edition. If you want Management studio, you can download the management studio separately and install it later.

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