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SQL Server 2005 Express Edition System Requirements

The following details the system requirements for SQL Server Express Edition.

32-bit Processor 600-megahertz (MHz) Pentium III-compatible or faster processor; 1-gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor recommended
Framework Before installing SQL Server 2005 Express Edition, you must download and install the .NET Framework 2.0 from this Microsoft Web site.
Operating System
Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or later
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional with SP4
Microsoft Windows 2000 Server with Service Pack 4 or later
Windows Server 2003 Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter editions
with Service Pack 1 or later
Windows Server 2003 Web Edition SP1
Windows Small Business Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 or later
Vista Home Basic and above (SQL Express SP1 and SQL Express Advanced SP2)
Windows XP Embedded SP2 Feature Pack 2007
Windows Embedded for Point of Service SP2
Memory 192 megabytes (MB) of RAM or more; 512 megabytes (MB) or more recommended
Hard Disk
Approximately 350 MB of available hard-disk space for the recommended installation
Approximately 425 MB of additional available hard-disk space for SQL Server Books Online, SQL Server Mobile Books Online, and sample databases
Drive CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
Display Super VGA (1,024×768) or higher-resolution video adapter and monitor
Other Devices Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device
Other Requirements Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1 or later


SQL Server 2005 Express Edition requires the .NET Framework 2.0.

SQL Server 2005 does not support the Banyan VINES Sequenced Packet protocol (SPP), Multiprotocol, AppleTalk, or NWLink IPX/SPX network protocols. Clients previously connecting with these protocols must select a different protocol to connect to SQL Server 2005.

SQL Server 2005 software works on the hardware certified for use with the Microsoft Windows operating system.

Actual requirements will vary based on your system configuration and the applications and features you choose to install. Additional available hard-disk space may be required.

SQL Server 2005 Express Edition will also run on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 64-bit x64 Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter edition with Service Pack 1 or later running in Windows on Windows.

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