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:

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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.

  • Have you (re)started SQL Server services ? Try rebooting Windows.
    – Sathyajith Bhat
    Dec 28, 2009 at 5:26

1 Answer 1


Make sure you're giving the full server instance name. For me it was \SQLEXPRESS. I got the same error until I added the computer name.

  • Agreed. It should be computer_name\SQLEXPRESS, or localhost\SQLEXPRESS if connecting to the same computer as SQL Server is installed on.
    – Kez
    Feb 6, 2010 at 19:11

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