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.|
|Memory||192 megabytes (MB) of RAM or more; 512 megabytes (MB) or more recommended|
|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.