Can anyone tell me how I can find SQL Server on my computer? I downloaded MS Visual Web Developer 2010 Express. The MS Web Platform Installer 2.0 tells me that SQL Server is already installed on my computer. I can't find a SQL Server program launcher in the start menu and I've looked in the Programs folder in the various SQL Server folders, but I can't find it anywhere.
There isn't really much to "find" on a bare SQLExpress installation. If you're looking for SQL Server Management Studio, that's not part of SQLExpress; you can download the express version of the software separately though.
Can you see a MS SQL service in the widows service manager? I believe it is called "SQL Server" or "SQLServer Express".
Open the service manager through start > control panel > administration > services
If you find the entry there, double click it to open the service dialog. there you should see a command line that points to the daemon. You should be able to find out the path then too.
If you just want to start the server, don't run the command line. simply start the service instead by pushing the 'play' button.
First off, SQL Server Management Studio is the program you are looking for in the start menu. That's not SQL Server. That's a utility that ships with SQL Server to allow you to manipulate the server.
Here is a quick way to determine if SQL Server is installed:
In your start menu, navigate to the folder titled "Microsoft SQL Server 2010 (or any other version)," then click to expand the folder titled "Configuration Tools."
In that folder, there is an application titled "SQL Server Configuration Manager" (click it)
This application will allow you to (among other things) view the services associated with the installation(s) of sql server on your machine.
I installed SQL but was not able to open SSMS, Later I tried to reinstall (without uninstalling) the same, and realized that I had not checked the management studio while installing last time, so this time I checked.
It successfully installed management studio and I am able to open SSMS from start menu.