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Windows 2003 with Sp2. Can i install the 2nd disk of Windows 2003 R2 to make it R2?

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Hi,

Windows 2003 with Sp2. Can i install the 2nd disk of Windows 2003 R2 to make it R2?

Or should i uninstall the Service pack to upgrade.

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Sharath
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You can simply install the second disk (assuming you have an R2 license key); never had a problem with it.
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I had a Server 2003 machine which I did not install the second disk because I did not require the other features at the time. Later I did discover I needed some of those features and was able to install R2 without any issue.
The first disk of Server 2003 R2 is basically the same as Server 2003. You should be able to install the advanced R2 features on any Server 2003 machines (same edition) as long as you do have an R2 key.
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I have Windows 2003 with SP2 and when placed The R2 Cd it says cannot install.
I think It can be upgraded if it has Sp1.
Any ideas on this...
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What is the exact error? Did you install Server 2003 with the R2 key?
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I am not 100% sure if it will work or not, but you may want to try downloading the second disk from here:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/r2/trial/installinstruct.mspx
These disks already have SP2 integrated with more current hotfixes and patches.
Good luck.
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