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Upgrading to Windows Server 2003 R2

Applies To: Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Windows Server 2003 R2 contains two product discs. Disc 1 contains Windows Server 2003. Disc 2 contains the installation files for the Windows Server 2003 R2 optional components. Both discs use the same product key.

The upgrade scenarios are different depending on the version of this operating system that you have.

  • If you have the first release of Windows Server 2003 R2, which contains Service Pack 1 (SP1), see Upgrading when you have the SP1 version of Windows Server 2003 R2. If the discs that you have do not specify which service pack is included, then the discs contain SP1.

  • If you have the second release of Windows Server 2003 R2, which contains Service Pack 2, see Upgrading when you have the SP2 version of Windows Server 2003 R2. To verify that you have this version, ensure that "includes Service Pack 2" is labeled on your product discs. If the discs that you have do not specify which service pack is included, then the discs contain SP1.

    noteNote
    When you install Windows Server 2003 R2, you are not installing the Windows Server 2003 R2 optional components. After Setup is complete, you can install the optional components by using Add/Remove Windows Components in Control Panel. You also have the option to add or upgrade server roles using Manage Your Server. For more information about these options, see Installing Optional Components and Server Roles.

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