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I installed Windows server 2003 Standard by mistake.  i really wanted to install Windows Server 2003 R2.  so instead of starting all over.  cant i just run a windows update on Windows server 2003 standard to make it equivalent to R2?  
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what if i already have sp2 installed?  so this cannot be done with Microsoft Updates?  what's the difference between standard and R2?
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http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/bb428898.aspx
No R2 is not a download, completely difference version of Windows 2003, it comes in a two disc setup, disc 1 being windows 2003 and disc 2 being the R2 added functionality.
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The Server 2003 R2 media consists of 2 disks. The first is a standard, non-R2 Server 2003 Edition install. The second is the disk you must run once Windows Server is installed to upgrade the server to the R2 edition.

You should just be able to insert the disk 2 R2 disk and follow the install procedure to upgrade. If you already have SP2 installed, it could potentially error due to an inconsistency in the version numbers, but I'm pretty sure it won't.

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okay it installed.  but when i right click on my computer, and click on properties, it doesnt say its the R2 version.  I thought i saw it on other servers to say R2.  let me try rebooting....  rebooting worked.  it now says R2.  it didnt ask me to reboot after the installation.  but who cares it working now.  thanks everyone.  
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thanks tigermatt and peralesa.  But for the most part i followed dathho's instructions so i will give him/her most of the points.  that's an interesting name dathho.  and thank you much dathho and everyone.    
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