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I have a Windows Server 2003 OEM key, but only a Windows 2003 Server Enterprise Edition Disk. How can I use the Enterprise edition disk to install regular Server (non-enterprise)?

I have a server with a Windows Server 2003 OEM key on the side, but I do not have a Windows Server 2003 OEM DISK to install the system with. I DO have a Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition OEM disk, but I don't think that'll work with the Server-only key...

Or is there any other way I can get a legit OEM WIndows Server 2003 disc (ISO from microsoft?) for my key?
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8/22/2022 - Mon

Depending on the licensing, it very well may work..

The OEM license comes in Standard or Enterprise...

I'd be ringing up MS on the telephone registration number and try and locate it origin.
The OEM Key will only work with a particular version, a particular make and a particular release...

Thank you for your reply!

What is this telephone registration number you speak of?
Lee W, MVP

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When installing, it will become very apparent which installation it is NOT for...
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William Peck

The OEM is out of business.  This is a small custom server built for telephony, and we're planning on rebuilding it (nuking it and re-installing everything) if we can figure out how to get an install disk that works...
Lee W, MVP

Then contact Microsoft - see the link below:

Other thing you can try is download the trail to get up and working and then conver the trail over to full version.
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convert the trial to a full version using existing keys - I do wish..
Brian Pierce

OEM copies of windows are sold to OEMs with no support from Microsoft - Microsoft NOT provide you with a CD or any other form of support. The keys only work with the apporpriate version od Windows. The only thing I can suggest is that you look on Ebay for someone selling an OEM CD for the enterprise edition

I have a Windows Server Enterprise Edition OEM CD (as the OP states) - what I need is a Windows Server plain-vanilla OEM disk.  I also have a driver disk for the server, but it doesn't have Windows of any flavor on it.

Thanks everyone for your help so far!
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William Peck
Lee W, MVP

I gave you the link - call Microsoft.

Thanks for your help!