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The first time around, I only wanted to upgrade my SQL Server Management Studio from 2005 to 2008. So that's what I did, via the Microsoft Web Platform Installer.

Now however, I'd like to install a SQL Server 2008 Express database engine instance.

How do I do this?

When I reach the 'SQL Server Installation Center', it prompts me for a 'SQL Server 2008 Installation Media' folder. I don't know if I have such a directory, and if I do, I don't know where it lives.

Can anyone help?

P.S.: It should be noted that Microsoft Web Platform Installer insists that SQL Server 2008 Express is installed, even though I know that it is only installed partially.

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Download the (non-Web Platform) installer and install from there. It should ask you what features you want to add / change.

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This is the correct answer, but the link is outdated. Here is the updated link:… – Jim G. Dec 14 '09 at 14:45

Here is a complete list of instructions for installing SQL Server 2008 Express.

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