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Windows 2003 trial license upgrade to full version

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From previous questions I determined I will need to reinstall the OS.   What I need to know is what happens to my file shares and printer definitions ?

When I perform the install should I 'overwrite' existing OS, or perform a repair.  Basically on the trial version we added some applications, created shares and got a bunch of printers defined.  We also added users.   I'd like to save this work when I register the windows server with it's official full version product key

To ask again, is the full install required.  Found one posting saying it was.  I appeal that answer, I cannot believe a utility does not existing from MS that will allow me to enter a legal purchased product key does not exist.
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Jamie McKillop earned 375 total points
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Hello,

Backup your data then follow these steps:

- Insert the CD in your server, and reboot the server
- Once you get te "press any key to boot from CD... " do so
- When you are prompted to press F6 to add drivers, do so if you need to...
and proceed to the next step
- Once you are up to the install/repair (with recovery console) chose to
install then proceed to the next step
- Press F8 to acknowledge the license, then the installer will search for an
already installed version of Windows and should discover your current 2K3
server.
- Choose to repair this installation and the upgrade will proceed.
- Once it pops you the screen to select the keyboard, language and regional
settings, adjust it to you needs...
- It should then ask for your License number, which you can enter here (make
sure it's your new valid license) and continue installation.
- Installation will complete and reboot your server.
- Log in with your user account you should be back
- you will have 60 days to activate your windows, and you will need to re-apply
all windows update because the machine is more or less new


JJ



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