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Cannot connect to SQLEXPRESS afterdefault install RRS feed

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  • I get the following error when trying to connect to my instance of SQL Server 2008 Express R2. It is installed on a 64bit machine with Windows 7 Home Premium Edition. When I installed I took all of the defaults and finished with a successful install message. The explanation of the error at the provided link may as well be written in Greek. It makes absolutely no sense and does not offer a solution. Has anyone had this issue and how was it solved?

    TITLE: Connect to Server
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    Cannot connect to SQLEXPRESS.

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    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

    A network-related or instance-specific error occurred while establishing a connection to SQL Server. The server was not found or was not accessible. Verify that the instance name is correct and that SQL Server is configured to allow remote connections. (provider: Named Pipes Provider, error: 40 - Could not open a connection to SQL Server) (Microsoft SQL Server, Error: 53)

    For help, click: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink?ProdName=Microsoft+SQL+Server&EvtSrc=MSSQLServer&EvtID=53&LinkId=20476

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    OK
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    Thursday, December 15, 2011 7:16 PM

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