1. On your server where SQL Server is installed, click Start, Settings, Control Panel
  2. Open Administrative Tools, Services
  3. From the Services list search for the named instance of SQL Server and review the Status column for "Started"
  • SQL Server (RE_EXPRESS) or SQL Server (FE_EXPRESS)
  • MSSQLServer
  1. If stopped, then to start the service, right-click on the service and choose "Start" from the options