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Server 2003 Standard Installation activate with Windows server 2003standard R2 Key?

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I have an installation of Windows Server 2003 on an old Dell server that is at the end of it's trial period and won't let me log in without activation... I also have a Dell Server with R2 key that I can't use due to hardware failure. Can I use my Server 2003 R2 key to activate my NON-r2 installation?
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David Johnson, CD, MVP earned 2000 total points
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1. No you can't as they are different products.
2. OEM Operating System Software licenses live and die on the original hardware they were installed on.
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by:MitchViste
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Thanks. Luckily this isn't an OEM product and was bought then installed separately. I called Microsoft last night and they said I can upgrade the server to R2 THEN use the key for activation.
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