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Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Express

Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Express is a powerful and reliable free data management system that delivers a rich and reliable data store for lightweight Web Sites and desktop applications.
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Version: 11.0.2100.60 Date Published: 3/6/2012
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File Name Size
ENU\x64\SQLEXPR_x64_ENU.exe 132.3 MB Download
ENU\x64\SQLEXPRADV_x64_ENU.exe 1.3 GB Download
ENU\x64\SQLEXPRWT_x64_ENU.exe 669.9 MB Download
ENU\x64\SqlLocalDB.MSI 33.0 MB Download
ENU\x64\SQLManagementStudio_x64_ENU.exe 600.2 MB Download
ENU\x86\SQLEXPR_x86_ENU.exe 116.7 MB Download
ENU\x86\SQLEXPR32_x86_ENU.exe 101.5 MB Download
ENU\x86\SQLEXPRADV_x86_ENU.exe 1.3 GB Download
ENU\x86\SQLEXPRWT_x86_ENU.exe 706.1 MB Download
ENU\x86\SqlLocaLDB.MSI 27.7 MB Download
ENU\x86\SQLManagementStudio_x86_ENU.exe 614.9 MB Download

The Microsoft® SQL Server® Express is a powerful and reliable free data management system that delivers a rich and reliable data store for lightweight Web Sites and desktop applications. Designed for easy deployment and rapid prototyping, this download includes support for Sysprep, Microsoft's System Preparation Utility for Microsoft Windows operating system deployment.

LocalDB (MSI installer)
New to the Express family, LocalDB is a lightweight version of Express that has all its programmability features, yet runs in user mode and has a fast, zero-configuration installation and short list of pre-requisites. Use this if you need a simple way to create and work with databases from code. It can be bundled with Application and Database Development tools like Visual Studio and or embedded with an application that needs local databases.
Express (Containing only the database engine)
The core Express database server. Use this if you need to accept remote connections or administer remotely.
Express with Tools (with LocalDB) Includes the database engine and SQL Server Management Studio Express)
This package contains everything needed to install and configure SQL Server as a database server. Choose either LocalDB or Express depending on your needs above.
SQL Server Management Studio Express (Tools only)
This does not contain the database, but only the tools to manage SQL Server instances, including LocalDB, SQL Express, SQL Azure, etc. Use this if you already have the database and only need the management tools. This package includes LocalDB.
Express with Advanced Services (contains the database engine, Express Tools, Reporting Services, and Full Text Search)
This package contains all the components of SQL Express. This is a larger download than “with Tools,” as it also includes both Full Text Search and Reporting Services.

Note : The Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Express has two different methods to complete the installation process:

Attended Installation – an interactive user interface will guide you through the set-up process and obtain all of the information and consent required to complete the installation. This includes the displaying, acknowledgement, and archiving of the applicable SQL Server license terms.

Un-attend Installation – this is a Windows command line set-up process that does not have an interactive user interface to guide you through the set-up process. In this case, you will be required to enter a parameter during installation that indicates your acceptance of the license terms.
Here is the copy of the Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 License Terms for your review.

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System requirements

Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2, Windows Vista Service Pack 2

32-bit systems
Computer with Intel or compatible 1GHz or faster processor (2 GHz or faster is recommended.)
64-bit systems
1.4 GHz or faster processor
Minimum of 512 MB of RAM (2 GB or more is recommended.)
2.2 GB of available hard disk space

Here is the copy of the detailed Systems Requirements for your review.

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Step 1: Enable Microsoft .Net Framework 3.5 SP1. and Download and install Microsoft .Net Framework 4.0.

Note: LocalDB does not require any .NET Framework installation.

Note: SQL Server Express (with database engine only) can work with either .NET 3.5 SP1 or .NET 4, there is no need to have both enabled.

Step 2: Download Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Express by clicking the appropriate link below.

Note: Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Express includes both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. SQLEXPR32_x86 is a smaller package that can be used to install SQL Server Express onto only 32-bit operating systems. SQLEXPR_x86 is the same product but supports installation onto both 32-bit and 64-bit (WoW) operating systems. SQLEXPR_x64 is a native 64-bit SQL Server express and supports installation onto only 64-bit operating systems. There is no other difference between these packages. Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Express is not supported on IA64 systems.

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Additional information

If you have a specific technical question about Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Express please visit the SQL Server Express Forum.

- If you have questions about SQL Server Express, visit the SQL Server forums on MSDN.

- Help improve SQL Server by submitting bugs to Microsoft® Connect.
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