I'm installing (well trying to) SQL server express 2008 SP1 on Windows 7
This is not working for me.
I started by installing VS2010 B2, it installed SQL 2008 Express.
I went into the 'SQL Server Configuration Manager' and enabled the TCPIP protocol and Named Pipes under 'SQL Server Network Configuration' for the SQLExpress instance.
I then installed SSMS. When I try to connect to localhost, I get:
I am at wit's end here. I'm sure this is a duplicate. I'm on Windows 7 64-bit and I'm installing 64-bit SQL versions when they are available.