SQL Server tools don't appear in menu after SQL Server 2005 install

After installing SQL Server 2005, the SQL Server tools may not appear in the start menu. Our expert explains how to troubleshoot this problem.

In November, I upgraded a laptop from Windows XP to Windows Vista. I installed SQL Server 2005 Express. Earlier

this week, I installed SQL Server 2005 and installed Service Pack 2. None of the SQL Server tools appear in the start menu, but Add/Remove Programs show that they are installed. What can I do?

When you install SQL Server 2005 the client tools are not installed automatically. You will need to run the installer again and on the list of services select the last option on the list which is the "Client Tools." It is also possible that the tools are installed but the shortcut didn't get created. Check in c:Program FilesMicrosoft SQL Server90toolsbinn and see if sqlwb.exe exists. If it does, the tools are there and you can just create the shortcuts manually.

This was first published in March 2008

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