The following describes the procedure for installing the free version of Microsoft SQL Server on a computer running Windows. Note that the procedure may vary, depending on what is already installed on your computer. There are two main steps:
1. Install SQL Server 2016 Express.
2. Install SQL Server 2016 Management Studio Express.
Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Express allows you to create databases. SQL Server 2016 Management Studio Express is a graphical interface that allows you to issue SQL commands to interact with the server and any databases you create.
The steps for installing SQL Server 2016 Express are as follows.