Direct Download Links for SQL Server 2008 Express

I find it a bit annoying that Microsoft are pushing the Web Platform installer so hard these days that they have removed all obvious direct download links for the various SQL Express packages on the “Express” site. Not everyone has the luxury of unmetered downloads – some of us want to archive these installers locally, and not use the Web Platform Installer every time.

To save you the bother, here is my reimagining of the table on the SQL Express downloads page:

Server 2008 Express

Management Tools

Runtime

Runtime with Management Tools

Runtime with Advanced Services

SQL Server Management Database Engine

Download Now Download Now Download Now
SQL Server Management Studio Express Download Now

Download Now Download Now
Full-Text Search

Download Now
Reporting Services

Download Now
Includes SP1 No Yes No No
Download Size 38.5 168 MB 82.5 MB 230.4 MB 546.5 MB
Cost FREE FREE FREE FREE
Install Direct download button for SQL 2008 Management Tools Direct download button for SQL 2008 Runtime Direct download button for SQL 2008 Runtime with Management Tools Direct download button for SQL 2008 Runtime with Advanced Services

I am a bit confused how they came up with 38.5 MB for the SQL Management Studio download… if you check the direct download link you will see its 168 MB. This seems to tally up more closely with the combined “runtime with management tools” download of 230.4 MB. If they have managed to fit SSMSE into 38.5 MB then I am curious why I can’t find the direct download link – Leave a comment if you know the story behind that.

I have one more comment about SQL Express, but it’s so important I’ve decided to write it as separate blog post in the hope it makes it easier for people/google to find. The post is about whether the various SQL Express downloads include Service Pack 1.

4 thoughts on “Direct Download Links for SQL Server 2008 Express

  1. Pingback: SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services DOES NOT include Service Pack 1 (SP1) « Jack Ukleja

  2. Jack Post author

    That is the same link as the forth column … the main issue with it being that is does not include SP1 :(

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