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Can I upgrade Windows 2008 Server R2 from evaluation to Fully Purchased version?

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Hi, I have downloaded R2 evaluation from Microsoft. It gives me 10 days to activate.
I understand that if I activate it will give me a 180 day trial version.
My question is that once I have the 180 day trial version, can I upgrade it to fully purchased version?
Or will I have to reintall with a fully purchased version?
Thanks for your help.
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by:FRiCX
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Yes, you just put in a purchased key anytime and activate again.

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by:thelastdevil
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Hi, thanks for you response. But I read on hyper-v download page that trial version needs to be uninstalled. Not that I am using hyper-v. Do I need to be concerned? I am going to setup my production environment on the server and just purchase it if all goes well.I don't want to risk reinstalling everything as its a hosted server and involves too many steps.
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Not sure which Hyper-V you're talking about, but Hyper-V Server is a free download.

Windows Server trial with re-arms and trial activation gives you a total of 240 days of trial time, so you could put off licensing for quite a while to make sure everything works before putting in the license.
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by:thelastdevil
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Thanks - I'll accept your solution.
Here is what I was talking about
This VHD release is available in English only and is for evaluation and testing purposes. Evaluating any version of Windows Server 2008 R2 software does not require entering a product key, however will require activation within 10 days. Failing to activate the evaluation will cause the licensing service to shut the machine down every hour (The 10 day activation period can be reset four (4) times by using the rearm command. See below for further information on activation rearm). Once activated, the evaluation will run for 180 days. After this time, you will need to uninstall the evaluation software and reinstall a fully-licensed version of Windows Server 2008 R2.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=9040A4BE-C3CF-44A5-9052-A70314452305&displaylang=en
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did i give too many points for this? :) ah well....
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