A version of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express that supports the .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 is available at Microsoft Download Center

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A version of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express that supports the .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 is available on the Microsoft Download Center.

To download this update from Microsoft Download Center, click the following download link:
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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express Service Pack 1 (SP1) is now available in the following two formats:
  • SQL Server 2008 Express SP1 with the Microsoft .NET Framework version 3.5 SP1 support
  • SQL Server 2008 Express SP1 with the Microsoft .NET Framework version 4 Beta 2 support.
Note There are no functional changes to SQL Server 2008 Express from the previously versions of SQL Server 2008 Express SP1.

For computers that have the Microsoft .NET Framework version 2.0 Service Pack 2 (SP2) or the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 installed, you can install either SQL Server 2008 Express SP1 with the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 support or SQL Server 2008 Express SP1 with the .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 support.

For computers that have only the .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 installed, you should SQL Server 2008 Express SP1 with the .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 support.

Note If the .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 or the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 is not installed, SQL Server PowerShell and SQL Server common language runtime (CLR) features will not be available. This includes the following features:
  • The CLR data types geometry, geography, and hierarchyid.
  • The dynamic management views for assemblies and spatial objects.
  • The CLR user-defined types, functions, aggregates, procedures, and triggers.
If the .NET Framework 2.0 or .NET Framework 3.5 is installed after SQL Server 2008 Express SP1 with the .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 was installed, the previously unavailable features will automatically become available.

SQL Server 2008 Express SP1 with the Microsoft .NET Framework version 4 Beta 2 support does not contain hotfixes that were included in Cumulative Updates 1 through 4 for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1. However, you can only apply Cumulative Update 5 for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 or later cumulative updates for this release. Because the builds are cumulative, each new cumulative update release contains all the fixes that were included in the previous cumulative update release. You can apply Cumulative Update 5 for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 to apply hotfixes that were included in Cumulative Updates 1 through 4 for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1. For more information about Cumulative Update 5 for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
975977 Cumulative update package 5 for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1

How to determine the version of SQL Server Express

To determine the version of SQL Server Express that is installed, follow those steps:
  1. Open Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel.
    Note If you are running Windows Vista or Windows 7, open Programs and Features in Control Panel.
  2. Click Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Setup Support Files in the currently installed programs list.
  3. Click Click here for support information to see the version of the package.
    Note If you are running Windows Vista or Windows 7, you can find the version information at the bottom of the Programs and Features window.
  4. For SQL Server 2008 Express SP1 with the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 Beta 2 support, the version is 10.0.2731.0. For SQL Server 2008 Express SP1 without the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 Beta 2 support, the version is 10.0.2531.0.
To determine the version of a SQL Server Express package before you install SQL Server Express, follow those steps:
  1. Right-click the package file, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Details tab in the Properties dialog box to see the version of the package.
  3. For SQL Server 2008 Express SP1 with the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 Beta 2 support, the version is 10.0.2731.0. For SQL Server 2008 Express SP1 without the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 Beta 2 support, the version is 10.1.2531.0.
Note The core product binaries for both packages are same. Therefore, if you run the following Transact-SQL statement to check the SQL Server version, it returns 10.0.2531.0 for both packages:
SELECT @@VERSION

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Article ID: 977813 - Last Review: December 11, 2009 - Revision: 1.2
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