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I seem to be missing my

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Sql SERVER\MSSQL10.SQLEXPRESS folder. I have reinstalled SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2010 but still do not have it.

Any ideas?

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You may have installed SQL Server 2008 as the default instance and not the named instance. When you install using the SQLExpress install, you normally get a named instance. When you install using the 'regular' SQL Server installation media, you normally get a "default", or unnamed, instance.

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Ok, after installing the SQLEXPRESS, I now have it. But I can't connect to my SQL instance. I checked my services, and the SQLEXPRESS service isn't started and cannot be started. – Eric Hickman Jan 10 '13 at 19:10
Look in the windows event log to see why the service isn't starting. – darin strait Jan 13 '13 at 1:12

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