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i'm at a task where i have to downgrade windows server 2012 to windows 2008 server.  anyone done this or have any insight?  Please advise,


thank you,
mwauki
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by:Seth Simmons
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wipe and reinstall
there is no downgrade option in the operating system
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by:mwauki
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seriously? You have documentations to proof your input?

i was just seeing documents on ms website that says, yes it's possible with "downgrade rights"...  thanks noyway...
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downgrade rights is from a licensing standpoint
if you have a license for 2012, it will allow you to install 2008 R2 instead - downgrade that way
it is not possible to take an existing 2012 installation and run 2008 R2 setup to do an in-place downgrade to a previous windows version

2008 R2 setup doesn't know how windows 2012 works and not technically possible to revert without starting clean; it's only designed to upgrade previous versions
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by:mwauki
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thank you, Seth.  I went that way u recommended and so far so good...  thanks all!
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I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for mwauki's comment #a40389938

for the following reason:

had to google it the solution up.
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if what i stated pointed you in the right direction then you select my comment as the solution, not yours
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there you go... and I sincerely apologize for any misunderstand... thanks much!
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