Windows 8, Visual Studio 2012 and Sql Server 2012 Express


With new Visual Studio 2012 a short version of Sql Server 2012 called LocalDB is installed on your PC.

If you are running Windows 8 and you want to use all features of Sql Server 2012 you must install Sql Server Express 2012 Express (or if you can, Sql Server Express 2012) but ensure you that it’s Sql Server Express 2012 SP1. Yes, without SP1 a weird message is displayed when you try to install.

Here, I put the link to downloading the right version: