9 steps to setup SQL Server 2014 local database

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Express edition is a free, feature-rich edition of SQL Server that is ideal for learning, developing, powering desktop, web & small server applications.

Below are the step-by-step instructions that will show how to install SQL server 2014 on windows 8.1

Step 1: Download SQL Server Express


Select the option based on your windows client. Click on next button, the files will get downloaded.

Step 2: Click on the setup file. Select New SQL Server stand-alone installation from installation tab

Step 3: Open the SQL server configuration manager to start up the SQL service

  • C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Microsoft SQL Server 2014\Configuration Tools

The following services should be in the running state and then set them to the automatic start mode.


  • SQL Server Browser

Step 4: Setup the Local SQL Server

  • Open SQL server management studio
  • Click on connect from object explorer and select server name

Note: Server name should be like [YOUR_PC_NAME]\SQLEXPRESS

Example: Your computer\SQLEXPRESS or localhost\SQLEXPRESS

  • Step 5: Create your user Account and setup the Permissions
    • Create a Login Account
    • Click on the expand tree button for your Local Server -> Security -> Right-click on Logins -> Select New Login

Step 6: Setup Network and Authentication

  • Right-click your Local Server -> Select Properties -> Select Security Tab -> Enable SQL Server and Windows Authentication Mode

Step 7: Enable TCP/IP

  • Open SQL Server Configuration Manager -> SQL Server Network Configuration -> Protocols for SQLEXPRESS -> Enable TCP/IP

Step 8: Restart the SQL Local server service

  • Restart the SQL Local service after enabling TCP/IP.

Step 9: If you are not able to connect to database, Change the TCP/IP default port to 1433

  • Open SQL Server Configuration Manager -> SQL Server Network Configuration -> Protocols for SQLEXPRESS ->Right click on TCP/IP ->Properties ->TCP Dynamic port

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