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Can you install Windows 2003 Server R2 using a Trial Version media and enter paid license key?
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by:Toni Uranjek
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Hi!

I'm afraid it won't work. Install Trial version with trial key and later "upgrade" to full version.

Toni
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by:Toni Uranjek
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I should be more precise - "upgrade" in not an option, repair installation is.
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by:drotkopf
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Where do you "upgrade" to full version from?
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by:drotkopf
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Do you know where I can find the "normal" media to download from?
(I have the paid license keys!!!)
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by:Toni Uranjek
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Contact your seller?
What kind of license are we talking about?
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How would repair installation work for this?
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Toni Uranjek earned 1500 total points
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Boot from "full" edition CD and select repair at the beginning of the setup.
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Oh, so you do need a full edition CD after all.
Here's the thing. We ordered a Dell server a while ago, with Windows 2003 server. However, we requested not to install Windows 2003 Server on it, because we wanted to install SBS 2003 on it that we have bought for an older server. Then, later we wanted to use that Windows 2003 server license for another old server (which had had 2000 on it). We trried contacting Dell but they couldn't help. It has been a technical nightmare. What do you suggest?
Thanks,
Dan
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by:Toni Uranjek
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I would suggest that you contact Microsoft support in your country: http://support.microsoft.com/select/?target=assistance

If you have vaild license and you are missing CD media, you might be able to purchase another one.
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