AdventureWorks database is a sample database provided by Microsoft that comes with SQL Server. For new SQL Server users who don’t have any data to work with, AdventureWorks database provides a really good learning material. In MS SQL Server, you can import the backup database file (AdventureWorks.bak file) in two ways. One is the manual import using the SQL Server backup import wizard. The other way is to execute T-SQL statements. Unless you have very specific configuration settings otherwise, using the import wizard is probably the easiest way to import a backup database file.

In this tutorial I will teach you step-by-step how to import the SQL Server AdventureWorks database using the backup file.

To download AdventureWorks database file: LINK

If you don’t have SQL Server installed, please watch my tutorial video how to install MS SQL Server Express ( for instruction on how to install the software.