I have an OEM desktop licensed for Windows 7 Home Edition.
I wish to install an unused Server 2008 R2 that has never been activated on this box. The hardware components are original except for added hard drives and RAM.
Activation of the Server 2008 fails despite having a legal key, and during a call to Microsoft I was informed that I had complete these steps:
1. First reinstall the original OEM OS (Windows 7 Home)
2. Perform an upgrade installation with Server 2008
3. Then activate the product with the W2K8 license...
I had my doubts, but decided to try this, and of course this failed at step 2... "not a valid upgrade path..."
Any way around this - or am I stuck with Windows 7 on this machine?