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We have an emergency mgmt. application that runs on a flash drive so that in an emergency a PC can be commandeered to run the app. We are considering using MS-SQL instead of MS-Access, so I am wondering if MS-SQL comes pre-installed and ready to run on any Windows O/S and if so which.


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SQLExpress is good, but requires that you install the service on each PC that will run the app. A better alternative would be SQL Server Express LocalDB, which requires no server process and can be rolled right into your app, making it more portable. Kind of like how SQLite can be integrated into apps.

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not by default, no. you can download the Free SQLExpress package if you like, there aren't any skus that come with it by default.

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