Verify SQL Server and MSDE Installation

To verify whether SQL Server or MSDE is installed on your computer, follow these instructions:

  1. Right-click the My Computer icon.
  2. Select Manage.
  3. Double-click Services and Applications.
  4. Double-click Services.

If MSSQLSERVER is in the list of services, the default instance of SQL Server or MSDE is installed on the computer. Other instances may exist, in which case they will be listed as MSSQL$****, where the asterisks indicate the name of the instance.