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INFO: Where to Find Information About MSDE for Visual Studio

Article ID: 251270

Article Last Modified on 8/15/2005


  • Microsoft Data Engine 1.0
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0 Enterprise Edition

This article was previously published under Q251270


Microsoft Data Engine (MSDE) is available for licensed customers of any Visual Studio 6.0 Professional or Enterprise product. Customers can order or download MSDE for Visual Studio 6.0 from the following Web address:

The download requires you to provide a Visual Studio 6.0 product ID and customer registration.

Resources for developers that are building applications with MSDE, including white papers, frequently asked questions (FAQs), and sample code can be located at:


The following MSDE related Microsoft Knowledge Base articles can help you choose the best strategy for installation and redistribution:

233337 INF: How to Determine When Unattended SQL 7.0/MSDE 1.0 Setup is Complete

233312 INF: Customizing SQL/MSDE Unattended Installation Files

234626 SAMPLE: Setup1.exe Fully Automating MSDE Setup with the Package and Deployment Wizard (PDW)

The following Microsoft Knowledge Base article describes an issue with named pipes on Windows 9x-based computers:

198977 OFF2000: Can't Connect to MSDE or SQL Server 7 Desktop Edition

The following list of Microsoft Knowledge Base articles provides you with more information about the MSDE installation:

238232 PRB: MSDE Unattended Installation Needs Full Path Name of the .iss File

243811 INF: Sqldiag.exe Can be Included in an MSDE Custom Setup

246815 FIX: Sqlmaint.exe is Not Included in MSDE Installation

234915 FIX: Upgrade to SQL Server Fails When MSDE Installed from MOD

231923 HOWTO: Distribute the Microsoft Data Engine (MSDE) With the Package and Deployment Wizard (PDW)

259710 PRB: SQL Server Agent Fails to Start on Windows 9x When You Change the SA Password

If your MSDE installation fails and you are unable to determine the cause, or you find an error in the Setup program, the following log files might be useful for troubleshooting purposes:

  • The Sqlstp.log file, located in the \Windows or the \WinNT directory.

  • The Setup.log files, located in the \Windows or the \WinNT directory.

  • The Cnfgsvr.out file located in the \Install directory of the target program directory, which by default is \Mssql7\Install.

  • Any error logs located in the \Mssql7\Log directory.


You can also search for MSDE related Microsoft Knowledge Base articles at the following Web site:

Search by using the "MSDE" keyword.

Additional query words: kbMSDE100

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