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Removing windows server 2008

Posted on 2008-10-27
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We installed a trial version of windows server 2008. The trial has expired and now it only gives us the choice of activating it. Nothing else.

We want to format the hard drive and install something else on that box. But it locks us into one thing, activating the product.

Any suggestions how we can get past that point and remove it? It doesn't give any other options at all. Piece of junk!
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Question by:Starr Duskk
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Put the Cd/dvd in of the operating system you wish to install and then restart the server, it will ask to boot via cd pres any key.

and follow prompts...
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by:Starr Duskk
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tried that. it doesn't try to boot from the cd.
 
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Whats your boot device priority set to? How did you install the OS in the first place?
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by:Olaf De Ceuster
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Download delpart from the net and start again.
Olaf
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We finally put a clean hard drive in the box and set the other one as a sub hard drive and then were able to use the main hard drive to format the second one.
thanks all!
 
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