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Downloading Sample Databases (LINQ to SQL)

A number of samples and walkthroughs in the LINQ to SQL documentation use the Northwind sample database and SQL Server Express Edition. You can download these products free of charge from the Microsoft download site.

To download and install the Northwind sample database for SQL Server

  1. Start Internet Explorer.

  2. Go to the Northwind and Pubs Sample Databases Web site.

  3. Click Download.

  4. In the File Download dialog box, select Save.

  5. After the file has downloaded, double-click the Nwind.exe file to install the database.

    By default, the database is installed at drive:\SQL Server 2000 Sample Databases.

SQL Server Express Edition is available without charge, and you can redistribute it with applications. If you are using Visual Studio, SQL Server Express Edition is included in the Pro and greater editions.

To download and install SQL Server Express Edition

  1. Start Internet Explorer.

  2. Go to the Microsoft Download Center Web site.

  3. In the keywords box, type SQL Server Express.

  4. Click Go.

  5. On the results page, click the link to the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition download page.

  6. Follow the installation instructions on the Web site.

If you want to modify a database that you have downloaded, you can access the database from Server Explorer in the Visual Studio integrated development environment (IDE), or use Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio Express (SSMSE).

To download Management Studio Express

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