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Old February 17th, 2007, 10:41 AM
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This solution is fairly simple. I do the following:

1) Stop the SQL Server service for the Evaluation Edition
2) Copy the databases from the \Data directory to a different directory.
3) Uninstall the Evaluation Edition
4) Install the Express Edition
5) Download, and install, the SQL Server Management Studio for Express Edition (off of the MSDN web site (
6) Copy the databases back to the data directory.
7) Within Management Studio, attach the databases you just copied.

You're Done!

Hope this helps...

Scott Klein
Author - Professional SQL Server 2005 XML
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