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Utilizing SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition (ENU) on a Windows 7 (64-bit) Platform

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Dear MSDN experts,

Windows Update has automatically installed SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition (ENU) along with numerous Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable downloads, an 2005 ATL Update, and Framework.NET 4.0. I am a computer novice but because of these updates, I am interested in applying Microsoft developer tools. I would like to know the best approach to utilize these installs and am trying to ask appropriate questions to the most relevelant forms.

I have searched the Learn Category in MSDN and the closest approach I have found is to obtain what I believe are the necessary packages to apply SQL Server namely, the 2008 Management Studio (what is the best version and download source?), Visual Studio (what is the best version and download source?), and/or SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition Online Books (can I read them online or do I have to download them?). Are these packages available to me and are they free?

Will the utilization of this server allow me access to external databases for import to Microsoft Access and Excel? So far I am puzzled as how to sign in on any server source.

Thank you for the time and effort for this humble student to get initiated in MSDN Development. fcZZ.

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