Most recent version of SQL Server Management Studio that works with Windows 7 pre SP1?

All we need is an easy explanation of the problem, so here it is.

I am trying to do some work with SQL Server 2008 (not 2008 r2, just 2008) that is installed on a Windows 7 Pro 32-bit PC. It’s just Windows 7 with no Service Pack 1 applied. I have no option to update the PC, can only use it as it is now.

I am trying to find a version of SQL Server Management Studio that will install on this PC. Does anyone know?

I tried v17.9.1 but I got an error saying that Win 7 SP1 is required. Unfortunately I have no option to install SP1 and the computer has no access to the internet either.

What was the last version that DID install on just plain Windows 7?


How to solve :

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Method 1

SSMS for 2008 came with the install media of SQL Server. You can download SQL Server 2008 R2 Express and just choose to install SSMS. You should be able to connect to SQL 2008 with SSMS 2008 R2.

Note: Use and implement method 1 because this method fully tested our system.
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