In this article, we will show you the step by step procedure to install SQL Server Management Studio with screenshots. SQL Management Studio is instrumental if your system has SQL Server instance, and you want to control the data from SSMS.
Install SQL Server Management Studio – First Approach
If you have the installation CD / DVD, then insert the installation media into the drive to install SQL Server Management Studio. Within the root folder, double-click on the setup.exe, as shown below.
Once you click on the setup.exe, a new installation wizard called Installation Center will open, as we have shown below. Next, go to Installation tab and click New SQL Server stand-alone installation or add features to an existing installation hyperlink
First, the process will check for the updates
Next, it will enter into the Install Rules window. And here, setup will automatically advance and perform the operations. Here, it has to pass all the rules present in these windows, but you can leave this Windows Firewall warning.
Once you click the Next button, it will enter into the Setup page. Please select the second option, i.e., Add Features to an existing instance because we want to add SQL Server management Studio to an existing instance. Please refer to the InstallSQL article to understand the first option.
Feature Selection: Please select the features that you want to install into your computer. From the below screenshot, all the grayed out features previously installed in our local system.
To install it, Please check mark Management Tools Basic and Complete features and click the Next button.
Click Install button to install SQL Server Management Studio
Allow a few minutes to complete the process. As you can see from the below screenshot, we successfully installed SQL Server Management Studio in our local system.
Install SQL Management Studio Second Approach
I must say, this is the direct approach. Click on the Download hyperlink to go to the below-shown window. Next, Please click on the Download SQL Server Management Studio 17.4 hyperlink to start downloading the SSMS set up file
Please click on Save File to save the setup file in your local hard drive
Click the Install button
Allow a few minutes to load packages required for SSMS and few other minutes to complete the installation of SQL Server Management Studio
Let me check whether we successfully installed the SSMS or not. From the below screenshot, you can see the SSMS in recently added programs.