Yes, it is true – Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine (MSDE) will not be supported on Windows Vista.   So, if you’re using MSDE in your applications, consider migrating to SQL Server 2005 Express Edition (SQL Express) at the earliest opportunity.  You can download SQL Express free of charge at


For information how upgrading from MSDE to SQL Express, visit


One more link is for SQL Server 2005 Express Web site –