I'd seen that but it doesn't help. Microsoft seem to blindly ignore the fact that people want SQL Express AND Studio Manager which means installing the full product, or realise that uninstalling one can then cause problems with another if Visual Studio and
SQL Server aren't kept in cstep. Hence my original post. It's like the nightmare of MDAC versions in the old days, only much worse because the only information out there is on blogs, based on specific betas or combinations which aren't necessarily valid today.
I'm also looking for a sensible set of instructions for installing all the templates for the different bits. Again that link just talks about the most basic VS2005 installation under Vista, not one that uses (God forbid!) a database and wants add-in tools
for WF, WPF, Cider etc.