Installation order for Visual Studio and SQL Server
If you plan on installing the full version of SQL server (instead of the express version) with Visual Studio, I prefer to install Visual Studio first, preferably without the express instance of SQL server.
If you’re doing a fresh install of VS 2008 and SQL 2008 on Windows 7, install in this order:
- VS 2008, WITHOUT SQL Server Express -> requires doing a ‘custom’ install
- VS 2008 SP1
- MSDN Library for VS 2008 SP1 (if you’re so inclined)
- SQL Server 2008
- SQL Server 2008 SP1