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Windows Server 2003 R2 Trial Software: Frequently Asked Questions

 

This list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) answers common inquiries about Windows Server 2003 R2 trial software.

About the Product

Q. Will the settings I created when using the Enterprise Edition trial software remain in effect after the 180-day trial, when I install the retail version of the Enterprise Edition?
A.

Yes.

  
Q. Can I install the retail version of the Standard Edition over the Enterprise Edition trial software?
A.

No. For more information, read the Microsoft Knowledge Base article, Windows Server 2003 Upgrade Paths.

  
Q. Which Microsoft applications are compatible with Windows Server 2003 R2?
A.

See Microsoft Application Support for Windows Server 2003 to find out which Microsoft applications are compatible with the Windows Server 2003 R2 family.

  
Q. Where can I find information about how to buy a full version (that is, a non-evaluation copy) of Windows Server 2003 R2?
A.

Information about how to buy Windows Server 2003 R2 can be found on the How to Buy page.

Installing the Trial Software

Q. Can I install the Windows Server 2003 R2 trial software on multiple computers?
A.

Yes. One product key can be used to install the Windows Server 2003 R2 trial software on up to 4 computers.

  
Q. How long will the Windows Server 2003 R2 trial software be valid?
A.

The Windows Server 2003 R2 trial is valid for 180 days or for the remainder of your Windows Server 2003 SP1 trial software period, if you're installing Windows Server 2003 R2 on a computer that is already running Windows Server 2003 SP1.

  
Q. What do I do if I get a "Product Key Invalid" error?
A.

Verify that you have Windows Server 2003 SP1 trial software installed on your computer before you begin to download the Windows Server 2003 R2 trial software. Note that Windows Server 2003 R2 trial software only works on servers running trial versions of Windows Server 2003 SP1.

  
Q. Can I install Windows Server 2003 R2 trial software on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 with SP1?
A.

No, the trial version of Windows Server 2003 with SP1 is a prerequisite for the Windows Server 2003 R2 trial software.

  
Q. When must I activate the Windows Server 2003 R2 trial software?
A.

You have 14 days from the time you install the trial software on a computer to activate the trial software online or by phone.

  
Q. Where is my unique product key?
A.Your unique product key is included in the same order confirmation e-mail you received, which includes the link to download the trial software.
  
Q. Is the Windows Server 2003 R2 trial software available in languages other than English?
A.

At the moment, the Windows Server 2003 R2 trial software is available only in English. Localized versions of the Windows Server 2003 R2 trial software may be available in some locales. We will provide information about non-English versions of the trial software as they become available.

  
Q. Is the Windows Server 2003 R2 trial software available on CD?
A.No,Windows Server 2003 R2 release candidate software is available only as a download.
  
Q. Am I required to activate Windows Server 2003 R2 trial software?
A.

Yes. After you install Windows Server 2003 R2 trial software, you have 14 days to activate the product.

  
Q.I recently installed the 180-day trial version of Windows Server 2003 R2. When I buy the full version of this software, will I have to install it over the trial software?
A.

Yes. After the 180-day trial period, you will have to install the full version (that is, non-evaluation) product.

  
Q.Can I use the Product Key that is included when I buy a copy of the full version (that is, non-evaluation) product to remove the 180-day limit instead of installing the full version product?
A.

No. You must install the full version of the product. The new Product Key will not override the 180-day limit on the evaluation software. When you install the full version product, select the Upgrade option when prompted during setup. This will keep the settings you established when you installed the evaluation version of the software.

  
Q.If I installed Windows XP Professional on a server running the evaluation version of Windows Server 2003 R2, will Windows XP Professional be removed when the 180-day limit on the Windows Server 2003 R2 software is reached?
A.

Yes, if you installed them on the same partition.

  
Q.What is the difference between an upgrade and a clean installation?
A.

An upgrade retains your previous settings and is the recommended option when upgrading from the evaluation copy to the retail version of Windows Server 2003 R2. A clean installation removes all previous settings from the system.

Activating the Trial Software

Q. I have downloaded the 180-day Windows Server 2003 R2 trial software. How many days do I have to activate the software? What will happen if I don't activate it?
A.

After you install the trial software, you have 14 days to activate the product. If you do not activate the product within 14 days of installation, you will not be able to continue your evaluation until you activate it. None of your data will be lost.

  
Q. I want to install either the retail software or the software provided through MSDN over a release candidate version. How long do I have to activate the product?
A.

An installation wizard will prompt you to choose either to upgrade or perform a clean installation. Whichever you choose, you will be prompted for a Product Key and you will be notified that you have 30 days to activate the product.

  
Q. Do I need to reactivate Windows Server 2003 R2 after upgrading from the evaluation version of the software?
A.

Yes.

Downloading the Trial Software

Q. I have downloaded the trial software. Where is my Product Key?
A.

The Product Key is included in the e-mail you received after you registered—that is, the e-mail that included the link to the download site.

  
Q. The download version of the trial software is available as ISO images. What do I need to do with the ISO images?
A.

You must burn the ISO image to a CD before you can install the software on your computer.

  
Q. I want to download the trial software but I do not have a CD burner. What should I do?
A.There are third-party software products available on the Internet that will create a virtual CD drive.

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