upgrade XP to Windows Server 2008?

Posted on 2009-12-26
Last Modified: 2013-11-05
I have a box running XP SP3 that has been acting as a default file and print server. I'd like to install Server 2008 on the box instead because I need additional capabilities that XP doesn't offer.

Can I install Server 2008 on top of XP, i.e., can I "upgrade" from XP? Or am I better off formatting the hard drive and doing a clean install of Server 2008?

Question by:Scott Helmers
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    If I were you I would be formatting the hard drive and doing a clean install of Server 2008. Since I am using it, I have no problem using it as a file server and dhcp server.

    Best regards.
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    I guess you are using some 3rd party server for ftp, am i right?
    The built-in FTP server stuff is really nice in 2008 and if you install 64-bit datacenter edition of 2008, you can use hyper-v that you can virtualize XP too.
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    by:Scott Helmers
    Thanks for confirming my suspicions.
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    in the case you could upgrade (which you can't) you would want to avoid all the errors / missing registry entries / virus hits / registry entries from uninstalled components and programs etc.
    so you shouldn't be thinking about upgrades. fresh installations are always better. you know where you're heading and you know what you did step by step.
    could you tell us what you are looking for and you want to install WS2008? maybe there is a solution for the xp
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    by:Scott Helmers
    thsteph -- see related question: http://Q_25003723.html

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