SQL Server Express

The below table reflects the key builds released for SQL Server Express Edition:

SQL Server 2016 Express Edition

Patch Build Type* Published Comment
SP1 13.0.4001.0 SP1 2016 Nov
RTM 13.0.1601.5 RTM 2016 May

SQL Server 2014 Express Edition

Patch Build Type* Published Comment
RTM with SP2 12.0.5000.0 RTM with SP 2016 Jul
RTM with SP1 12.0.4050.0 RTM with SP 2015 Apr .NET Framework 3.5 is now not required when you install SQL Server 2014 Express Edition (with Database Engine only) on Windows 8.

SQL Server Management Studio can now fully manage Full-Text in SQL Server Express.

RTM

12.00.2000

RTM

2014 Apr

SQL Server 2012 Express Edition

Patch Build Type* Published Comment
RTM with SP3 11.0.6020.0 RTM with SP 2015 Nov

RTM with SP2 11.0.5058.0 RTM with SP 2014 Jun

RTM with SP1

11.0.3000.00

RTM with SP

2012 Nov

Express Edition no longer makes use of SQL Server Management Studio Express, instead it now has the full SQL Server Management Studio version.

RTM

11.0.2100.60

RTM

2012 May

SQL Server 2008 R2 Express Edition

Patch Build Type* Published Comment

RTM with SP2

10.50.4000.0

RTM with SP

2012 Jul

Same comments as per RTM with SP1.

RTM with SP1

10.50.2500.0

RTM with SP

2011 Jul

Uses SQL Server 2008 R2 patches.SQL Server 2008 R2 Express (SQLEXPR_x…) contains only the SQL Server 2008 R2 Database Engine.SQL Server 2008 R2 Express with Tools (SQLEXPRWT_x…) includes SQL Server 2008 R2 Database Engine & SQL Server Management Studio Express. SQL Server 2008 R2 Express with Advanced Services (SQLEXPRADV_x…) includes SQL Server 2008 R2 Database Engine, SQL Server Management Studio Express, Full-text Search & Reporting Services.

RTM

10.50.1600.1

RTM

2010 Apr

SQL Server 2008 R2 RTM Management Studio Express RTM can be found here.

SQL Server 2008 Express Edition

Patch Build Type* Published Comment

RTM with SP3

10.00.5500.00

RTM with SP

2011 Oct

Uses SQL Server 2008 patches.

RTM with SP2

10.00.4000.00

RTM with SP

2010 Sep

Uses SQL Server 2008 patches.

RTM with SP1

10.00.2531.00

RTM with SP

2009 Dec

Uses SQL Server 2008 patches.

RTM (with Adv Serv)

10.00.1600.22

RTM

2009 Feb

SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services (SQLEXPRADV_x…) includes SQL Server 2008 Database Engine, SQL Server Management Studio Express, Full-text Search & Reporting Services.

RTM (with Tools)

10.00.1600.22

RTM

2009 Feb

SQL Server 2008 Express with Tools (SQLEXPRWT_x…) includes SQL Server 2008 Database Engine & SQL Server Management Studio Express.

RTM (engine only)

10.00.1600.22

RTM

2009 Feb

SQL Server 2008 Express with only the SQL Server 2008 Database Engine. SQL Server 2008 RTM Management Studio Express RTM can be found here.

* Build Types can be either:

SP – Service Pack (This patch is recommended to be applied if it is supported by your application and testing in a non-Production environment is successful.)

GDR – General Distribution Release (Same recommendation as a Service Pack.)

QFE – Quick Fix Engineering (This type of patch should only be applied if it contains a fix to an issue being experienced.)

** EOL – End of Life for Product

SP (Service Pack Support End Date)

MS (Mainstream Support End Date)

ES (Extended Support End Date)