Working in Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition, attempting to configure data source (SqlDataSource), able to include server name: (local)\sqlexpress and the "Test Connection" is successful. However, when I try to make a new database (or load one of the samples), I keep getting an alert: "Object reference not set to an instance of an object." I've posted in this forum under "Data Access: Sql Server, Sql Server Express..." with a response to remove and then reinstall VWD and SQL Express. Thus, I've removed and reinstalled Sql Server 2008. I tried to remove then reinstall VWD 2008 Express with "Windows Install Clean Up" and "Add / Remove Programs", but in Add/ Remove Programs, it just tried to reinstall without removing then stopped halfway and prompted me to insert a disc (which I don't have since it was an online download). Not sure what is going on behind the scenes. Don't know what the problem is as this was never an issue in VWD 2005 Express Edition.
Does the problem involve Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition or SQL Server 2008? Any suggestions on removing and then reinstalling VWD 2008 Express? I feel like I'm missing something simple but after 3 days I'm getting nowhere...
As always, help is much appreciated and tha
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