SQL server management studio 12 install just wants to reinstall sql server


  • I am trying to set up SQL server on a desktop machine WIN7 to use as a test server for a database application. The application provider said to download and install SQL server express 12 and management studio. I downloaded both and installed SQL server, then ran the install program for management studio and it started over with the server install. I clicked on upgrade rather than standalone, but there being no more features to install it would not run and nothing to do but cancel. The files I ran were:



    What am I doing wrong?

    Monday, January 20, 2014 9:33 PM


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  • Hello,

    You can use the upgrade option of SQL Server setup program only if you have installed a previous version of SQL Server on the computer.

    Use the following resources SQL Server 2012:

    You need apply Windows 7 SP1 before installing SQL Server 2012.

    Hope this helps.


    Alberto Morillo

    Monday, January 20, 2014 10:06 PM
  • I think SQLEXPR_x64_ENU incule SSMS SQL Server management Studio.

    Or unistall all and download this file SQLEXPRADV_x64_ENU.exe (1,3 Go) that include the server and SSMS :

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014 12:07 AM
  • Thank you, Alberto.

    Now it is working, but I cannot get the SQL Server Agent to start. I have tried starting it from the management studio and from task manager, but nothing happens. The error message is just something about the request timed out. I looked in the current SQL Server log, but there is no entry during the time period that I tried starting the agent, and nothing about the agent during the time when I started the system.

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014 7:15 PM
  • Hello,

    SQL Server Agent is a feature not available on SQL Server Express Edition. You can see it listed as a service on SQL Server Configuration Manager but you cannot get the service started.

    Hope this helps.


    Alberto Morillo

    • Marked as answer by Normanlane Thursday, January 23, 2014 3:18 PM
    Wednesday, January 22, 2014 11:40 PM
  • Thank you again, Alberto. That explains it.
    Thursday, January 23, 2014 3:19 PM
  • Hello,

    I would like to share with you the following article about features supported by editions of SQL Server.

    If you find that Express Edition has many limitations consider Developer Edition for US$50.00 more or less. It has all the features of the Enterprise Edition, but is intended for development environments.

    Thank you for visiting MSDN forums! Have a great day!

    Hope this helps.


    Alberto Morillo

    Thursday, January 23, 2014 7:17 PM