The Northwind and Pubs sample databases
are staples of other sample code on this and other development
websites. They are used in countless tutorials and walkthroughs
published by Microsoft and others. Being a SQL/SQL Server newbie myself, I figured there may be others in my boat who might want both databases in an easily-accessible spot, and an easier, less error-prone way of installing them into SQL Server 2008 Express Edition than, say, running SQL query scripts.
There have been requests for an update to my SQL Server 2005 article for SQL Server 2008; so, by popular demand, here is the update! This article is based on an installation of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express Edition with Tools, Service Pack 1, on a machine with Microsoft Windows Vista Business, Service Pack 1, installed.