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When trying to restore a backup to a SQL Server Express 2008 database I got the following error:

Restore failed for Server '...\SQLEXPRESS'.  (Microsoft.SqlServer.SmoExtended)
System.Data.SqlClient.SqlError: The database was backed up on a server running version
That version is incompatible with this server, which is running version 10.00.2531. 
Either restore the database on a server that supports the backup, or use a backup 
that is compatible with this server. (Microsoft.SqlServer.Smo)

Is there a way to get a backup which is compatible with the older (in my case 10.00.2531) version from the newer (in my case 10.50.1600) version of SQL Server Express?

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You'd have use the Import/Export wizards in SSMS to migrate everything

There is no "downgrade" possible using backup/restore or detach/attach

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The only way is to create a new database on the 10.00.2531 version and import the data from 10.50.1600.

You can't restore down to an older version.

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You can use the Import/Export wizard to move data between databases.

Right click on the database you want to export, choose "Tasks", then "Export Data". The wizard will guide you through the process.

You're right, though. You won't be able to do a backup/restore moving from SQL Server 2008 R2 to SQL Server 2008 Express.

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right click on your database --> Tasks --> generate scripts -->next-->next--> click on advanced button --> change the option "type Of Data to script" to "schema and data" -->ok -->next -->next so now you have a script that creates database and its table and fills the data in it :) ;)

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Depending on the amount of data, that script could be enormous... –  Thomas Rushton May 19 '13 at 15:39
@ThomasRushton That script is by definition going to be bigger than the database itself, probably by at least double if not worse! I hope it's not a 50 GB database... –  ErikE Oct 11 '13 at 0:19
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