I try to install SQL Server 2012 Express on my personal computer (fresh install of Win 8). I downloaded the installation files on the Microsoft Website. The filename is SQLManagementStudio_x86_ENU.exe (about 614 Mb).

When running this file, I got the 'Feature Selection' Screen (see below).

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As you can see there is nothing in 'Instance Features' section. It seems to be anormal. When finishing the setup, there is no errors reported. After restarting my computer, I execute the Management Studio and see that there is no Sql Server instance available.

Do I miss something?

Thanks for your help.


You downloaded the wrong file. SQLManagementStudio_x86_ENU.exe is just SQL Management Studio.

You want one of the ones that start with SQLEXPR from this page: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29062

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  • Ough Thank you. I started downloading the right file. I'll keep you in touch. – Bronzato Nov 1 '12 at 14:38

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