Enable SQL Server 2008 login (sa) in Express Edition

After  installing Visual Studio 2010 with SQL Server Express 2008 in Windows 7, then you might face the problem that I am facing now, cannot install SQL Management Studio 2008 to the Windows 7 machine and you wish to remotely access using the SQL Management Studio that have been installed in other machine. Somehow you realized SQL Authentication is needed. That is how the below actions will help.

Change your registry key value LoginMode to 2 by following the registry key path below:


To open Registry Editor, click Start, click Run, type regedt32, and then click OK.

To use the SQL Server, authenticate first to enable the sa account then set the password for sa account as below.


Restart SQL Server Express 2008 and try to login using sa account.


How to: Change Server Authentication Mode

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Since March 2011 Microsoft Live Spaces migrated to Wordpress (http://www.pcworld.com/article/206455/Microsoft_Live_Spaces_Moves_to_WordPress_An_FAQ.html) till now, I have is over 1 million viewers. This blog is about more than 50% telling you how to resolve error messages, especial for Microsoft products. The blog also has a lot of guidance teaching you how to get stated certain Microsoft technologies. The blog also uses as a help to keep my memory. The blog is never meant to give people consulting services or silver bullet solutions. It is a contribution to the community. Thanks for your support over the years. Ming Man is Microsoft MVP since year 2006. He is a software development manager for a multinational company. With 25 years of experience in the IT field, he has developed system using Clipper, COBOL, VB5, VB6, VB.NET, Java and C #. He has been using Visual Studio (.NET) since the Beta back in year 2000. He and the team have developed many projects using .NET platform such as SCM, and HR based applications. He is familiar with the N-Tier design of business application and is also an expert with database experience in MS SQL, Oracle and AS 400.
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