I have Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express Edition already installed, and now I want to install SQL Server 2008 Management Studio Express.

I've tried with the only two options that look feasible:

  • [...] Add features to an existing installation
  • Launch a wizard to change your edition of SQL Server 2008 [...]

But in the Features Selection step, Management Studio never appears as an option.

What can I do?

2 Answers 2


I haven't looked further into this but can confirm this is what happens - perhaps due to the service pack levels differing? (installed instance being SP1 and the tool installer not)

I just used control panel and changed the installed SQL 2008 to remove the database service instance.

Then I installed the MSSQL 2008 Express edition that includes the standard tools - and the option for management studio was there to check... not an elegant solution but it worked - so I didn't bother to figure out the original problem.

  • Looks like that's the only way to go. I didn't wanted to download it all over again... How comes MS doesn't have such awesome tools as Aptitude in Linux...
    – Jose Carlos
    Aug 22, 2009 at 22:08
  • Oh no, are we trying to insite a relious war again? Aug 23, 2009 at 1:48

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