activate an exeeded 180 days trial version of Windws 2003 server e

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Rob, Jan 30, 2005.

  1. Rob

    Rob Guest

    Is it possible to upgrade an exeeded 180 days trial version of Windows 2003
    enterprise server, so that all the settings are kept ? BTW does the trail
    version keeps running when you are logged on at day 181 and dont log of ?

    greetings Rob.
    Rob, Jan 30, 2005
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  2. Hi,

    You can upgrade the expired evaluation by booting off of a full Enterprise
    CD (you'll be asked if you want to upgrade)

    Unlike activation, which allows you to stay logged in after the grace
    period, the time bomb in Windows evaluations will prompt you 1 hour before
    the evaluation expires, and then at the end of the hour (and thus, the end
    of the evaluation) it will blue screen with a message that your trial
    expired, and it will never boot into regular mode again. If the PC is off
    when the evaluation expires, then the copy of Windows simply won't start in
    regular mode again

    --Jonathan Maltz [Microsoft MVP - Windows Server - IIS, Virtual PC] - A Windows Server 2003 visual, step-by-step
    tutorial site :) - Does <insert OS name> work on VPC 2004? Find out
    Only reply by newsgroup. I do not do technical support via email. Any
    emails I have not authorized are deleted before I see them.
    Jonathan Maltz [MS-MVP], Jan 30, 2005
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