i was thinking of downloading some database software that would help me learn sql. so far i have only read sql , ie havent done any practical sort of thing. i made a post earlier in this forum , where i was told that sql server express will be a good option. but when i went to this download page , there are so many options and im not sure which one to download... can anyone help me in this regard?

You probably want the SQLEXPRWT version for your OS, so depending on whether you're using 32-bit or 64-bit, choose one of these:

ENU\x86\SQLEXPRWT_x86_ENU.exe
ENU\x64\SQLEXPRWT_x64_ENU.exe

They include the database engine and basic tools like Management Studio, so it's what I'd consider to be the minimum install for a server. You may also want to install the additional tools package, but it's not necessary to get rolling.

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