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  1. #1
    george-v Guest

    Convert Windows 2003 evaluation version

    I have Windows 2003 Enterprise Evaluation version, build # 3790, service pk 2
    running . Also puchased Technet Plus subscription . I have lots of
    programing learning stuff on this PC. Can I use my technet subscription
    Windows product key to convert evaluation version to a fully functional
    version without erasing all what I have.

    Thanks

    George V

  2. #2
    Paul Weterings Guest

    Re: Convert Windows 2003 evaluation version

    Not as far as I know.

    george-v wrote:
    > I have Windows 2003 Enterprise Evaluation version, build # 3790, service pk 2
    > running . Also puchased Technet Plus subscription . I have lots of
    > programing learning stuff on this PC. Can I use my technet subscription
    > Windows product key to convert evaluation version to a fully functional
    > version without erasing all what I have.
    >
    > Thanks
    >
    > George V


  3. #3
    Andrew Lomakin Guest

    Re: Convert Windows 2003 evaluation version

    Hi George,

    It's not possible, as far as i know. What you can do is an in-place
    upgrade - boot from the windows 2003 CD and choose to install over the
    existing OS - that will keep your programs and settings. I wouldn't
    recommend this, if you have something heavy like AD or exchange running on
    the existing server.

    Regards,

    Andrew

    "george-v" <georgev@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:E383E6C6-BC09-4DD6-8794-DA4051B2E6D3@microsoft.com...
    >I have Windows 2003 Enterprise Evaluation version, build # 3790, service pk
    >2
    > running . Also puchased Technet Plus subscription . I have lots of
    > programing learning stuff on this PC. Can I use my technet subscription
    > Windows product key to convert evaluation version to a fully functional
    > version without erasing all what I have.
    >
    > Thanks
    >
    > George V



  4. #4
    Meinolf Weber Guest

    Re: Convert Windows 2003 evaluation version

    Hello george-v,

    From another posting, try it out and before make an image of the machine
    so you can go back to thte state before:
    This is one way that works for mostly all type of upgrade you want to do.
    It worked for me to update my VLK 2003 Server with SP1 to a Activate to use
    Server 2003 R2 SP2... and here's how i did it... all legit:

    -Use your technet to download the Windows 2003 R2 SP2 CD (there are 2 CD for
    this)
    - Insert the CD in your server, and reboot the server
    - Once you get te "press any key to boot from CD... " do so
    - When you are prompted to press F6 to add drivers, do so if you need to...
    and proceed to the next step
    - Once you are up to the install/repair (with recovery console) chose to
    install then proceed to the next step
    - Press F8 to acknowledge the license, then the installer will search for an
    already installed version of Windows and should discover your current 2K3
    server.
    - Choose to repair this installation and the upgrade will proceed.
    - Once it pops you the screen to select the keyboard, language and regional
    settings, ajust it to you needs...
    - It should then ask for your License number, which you can enter here (make
    sure it's your new valid license) and continue installation.
    - Installation will complete and reboot your server.
    - Log in with your user account and voila... you should be back to where you
    left it out last time except, you will have 60 days to activate your
    windows, and you will need to re-apply all windows update since you have a
    mostly new install of windows with all the software and configuration you
    had...

    I successfuly migrated like dozens of server like that that were installed
    using a VLK key and/or evaluation technet software to full production Retail
    package.

    Just make sure you have the proper CD-DVD for the installation, as the product
    ID and volume name are checked upon installation and it could cause you problem
    if you have the wrong CD/DVD and licence number.



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    Meinolf Weber
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    > I have Windows 2003 Enterprise Evaluation version, build # 3790,
    > service pk 2 running . Also puchased Technet Plus subscription . I
    > have lots of programing learning stuff on this PC. Can I use my
    > technet subscription Windows product key to convert evaluation version
    > to a fully functional version without erasing all what I have.
    >
    > Thanks
    >
    > George V
    >




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