I feel like an idiot asking this question, but I can't seem to find the magic combination. (Or maybe Microsoft's website is broken. I'm not sure which.) Anyway, here's what I'm trying.

  1. Open SQL server Home Page On Microsoft.com
  2. Click "Editions".
  3. Click "Express Edition" in the little box that appears.
  4. On the page that loads, I click the "Download SQL Server 2012 Express" button.
  5. On the modal that pops up, I pick one and click its download button. (It doesn't matter which. I get the same result for the few I've tried.)
  6. A new page opens and presents me with 64 and 32 bit options and language drop downs for each.
  7. I select English in the 64-bit drop down.
  8. I click Download.
  9. The following page about downloading Windows Server 2012 opens and no file is downloaded:

    TN Download Windows Server 2012

Is there something I'm missing? Surely, I don't need to have Windows Server 2012 to install SQL Server 2012. I've tried a couple different browsers.

  • Your original links actually do work I have tested them. For some reason you are being directed to ...\betaexperience/pd/SQLEXPMS/enus/default.aspx which would indicate to me this was based on you being directed from Technet Evaluation website instead of the main product page for SQL Server. Its odd you were not directed to link I was able to find. – Ramhound May 12 '13 at 7:20
  • @Ramhound Odd with a capital O. Hm. Took another look. It looks like the download buttons themselves point to those "betaexperience" URLs when I hover over them. – jpmc26 May 12 '13 at 7:26

For me it works. Here is the 64Bit ENU Link (without tools):

Care Download Center : Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Express 64-bit

Here is an additional link:

Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Express

Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Service Pack 1

  • ...It opens a Java download manager, on a Microsoft website? Not that it's impossible. It just seems... unlikely. – jpmc26 May 12 '13 at 7:05
  • yes, MS often provides a JAVA downloadmanager for browsers like Firefox and Chrome. The activex version only works with IE. – magicandre1981 May 12 '13 at 7:08
  • Well, thanks. I don't know why I was getting directed to a page about a Server 2012 download. – jpmc26 May 12 '13 at 7:10
  • @jpmc26 - The domain is Microsoft.com I don't understand your concern. There is no way that cannot be Microsoft's website nor is there any possibility it cannot be the file you want. – Ramhound May 12 '13 at 7:10
  • @Ramhound I'm not a security expert, but I do know a bit about man in the middle attacks. Since it's not over SSL/TLS, something could be feeding me their own data; no? It's just... weird. I've never run into a download manager for anything from MS before. – jpmc26 May 12 '13 at 7:12

Use Microsoft Internet Explorer to download, If I try to download with Chrome then I get the same "no response". With Microsoft Internet Explorer it started to download immediately.

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