I started a dozen attempts to install the SQL Server Management Studio for the 2008 Express Version of SQL Server.

What i use: Windows Vista 2007 SP 2

What i did: a) I downloaded the install file SQLManagementStudio_x86_DEU.exe from Microsoft's Download Center

b) I started the setup and chose "Installation"/"Adding Feature"

c) The feature selection appears, but I can chose only from SQL Client Connectivity SDK

d) This is wrong I guess; but even if I click next I get an error message like "Please chose a feature first"

What can I do?

Thanks for any advice!!!

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    Just out of curiosity, what is the size of the file you downloaded? Dec 21, 2011 at 19:38

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Do any of these links help?

  • I recommend the 2nd link.
    – John M
    Mar 29, 2012 at 19:38

For SQL 2008 R2: During the installation process, at the feature selection screen, you will have to select Shared Features > Management tools - Basic. This will install SSMS onto your system.

If you did not do this during the initial installation, you can rerun the setup process and only select Shared Features > Management tools - Basic. This will then install SSMS on your server.

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