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Downgrade Rights for Windows Svr 2012

    Question

  • Can i downgrade my Window Server 2012 to Windows Server 2003 or R2.

    Please let me know where i can find this information. Can you share a link or document regarding.

    Regards,

    Karthik

    Cheers,
    Microsoft Support - APAC

    Thursday, September 13, 2012 6:45 AM

Answers

  • Hi Karthik,

    I called the activation center and got a reply with we can downgrade the Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2003. For the details about the method, I suggest you call activation center in your region.

    Microsoft Volume Licensing Activation Centers Worldwide Telephone Numbers

    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/existing-customers/activation-centers.aspx

    For the downgrade information, I got the same with you guys:

    *Windows Server 2012 Datacenter – Can downgrade to any previous version bits of:

    Datacenter edition

    Enterprise edition

    Standard edition

    Essentials edition

    *Windows Server 2012 Standard – Can downgrade to any previous version bits of:

    Enterprise Edition

    Standard Edition

    Essentials edition

    *Windows Server 2012 Essentials

    Can downgrade to any previously released version of Windows Server Essentials

    *Windows Server 2012 Foundation

    Can downgrade to any previously released version of Windows Server Foundation

     

    Thanks,

    Spencer


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    Friday, September 28, 2012 10:10 AM
  • Hello Spencer,

    Great and Thanks for sharing the same. I have the answer for the above now. Customer need to arrange the Media for any Downgrade Version of Win Svr 2003 Install it and Reach activation Center for downgrade activation.

    From APAC Region I an one of Licensing specialist.


    Cheers Microsoft Support - APAC

    Friday, September 28, 2012 10:37 AM

All replies

  • Licensing questions are best answered by contacting a trained Microsoft licensing specialist - http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/contact-us.aspx

    From looking at your signature line, this seems a very strange place for you to be asking such a question. <grin>


    tim

    Thursday, September 13, 2012 2:22 PM
    • Proposed as answer by Mike CrowleyMVP Thursday, September 13, 2012 3:15 PM
    Thursday, September 13, 2012 3:15 PM
  • Hello Tim,

    I have it seems you are stunn to see my signature. Hummmmm

    I have the info regarding the downgrade from Win Svr 2012 to 2008 or R2. But i was trying to know do a Customer is eligible to downgrade it to 2003 or 2003 R2.


    Cheers Microsoft Support - APAC

    Friday, September 14, 2012 4:02 AM
  • Hello Mike.

    Thanks for the above response on this.

    I have the above document.  But i was trying to know do a Customer is eligible to downgrade it to 2003 or 2003 R2.


    Cheers Microsoft Support - APAC

    Friday, September 14, 2012 4:21 AM
  • Hi,

    You mean you would like to downgrade from Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2003/2003 R2?

    I don't think it has  the direct path to do the downgrade. You might consider using the twice downgrade:

    Windows Server 2012 --> Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 --> Windows Server 2003/2003 R2

    For the downgrade option for Windows Server 2008/2008 R2, there is a link for your reference:

    Title: Windows Server Downgrade

    URL: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/downgrade-rights.aspx

    Regards,

    James


    James Xiong

    TechNet Community Support

    Friday, September 14, 2012 9:20 AM
    Moderator
  • Hello James,

    Thanks for your response.

    Yes i need a Confirmation on the above. I have tried to find each and every forum and articles and support which i have as a Service Representative for Microsoft APAC.

    But still I didnt find the correct one.


    Cheers Microsoft Support - APAC

    Friday, September 14, 2012 9:33 AM
  • Hi,

    i need atlhough an information for downgrade from windows 2012 sb to Windows 2008 R2 Sb. Where can i buy the downgrade media kits? Is it allowed to use any Windows 2008 R2 SB Key for a downgrade? 

    Thanks

    Felix

    Friday, September 14, 2012 9:45 AM
  • Hi,

    Can you be clear what is Win 2012 SB........?


    Cheers Microsoft Support - APAC

    Friday, September 14, 2012 10:22 AM
  • System Builder. License bought with the Hardware, and sticker on the hardware. 

    Thanks

    Felix

    Friday, September 14, 2012 10:27 AM
  • Hello Felix,

    If you have purchase Windows Svr 2012 OEM you can downgrade your OS to 2008 R2 or 2008.

    To downgrade you need to acquire Windows Svr 2008 Media and Product Key. Use the Same Media install it and reach the local MS Activation Center stating that you are trying to downgrade Windows Svr 2012 to 2008.

    Further a Representative wil help you to downgrade it.

    For more info: http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/D/B/4DB352D1-C610-466A-9AAF-EEF4F4CFFF27/WS2012_Licensing-Pricing_FAQ.pdf 


    Cheers Microsoft Support - APAC

    Friday, September 14, 2012 10:56 AM
  • Hi Karthik,

    Ok Thank you very much. One last question:

    I have bought Windows Server 2008 Datacenter R2. So i have unlimited Windows 2008 R2 virtuell Instances. OEM Version with Sticker on the Hardware. 

    If i buy and install Windows Server 2012 Standard on the same physikal machine is it allowed to install an use the unlimited virtual instances from the 2008 R2  datacenter license? As Hyper-V Guests? 


    Thanks 

     

    Felix

    Friday, September 14, 2012 11:04 AM
  • I was remarking on your signature because, as part of MICROSOFT support, you have all the channels of Microsoft available to you, including 24-hour support lines, to get the answer from the people who are responsible for such answers instead of asking in a general knowledge forum.  How do I know - I worked for Microsoft for 12 years and made use of those resources on a regular basis.

    So, if you are looking for a definitive answer, it would be best for you to call your licensing people.


    tim

    Friday, September 14, 2012 12:26 PM
  • Hello Felix,

    Yes you can do this. But the above Win Svr 2012 Std should be licensed to run on Virtual environment.


    Cheers Microsoft Support - APAC

    Monday, September 17, 2012 7:48 AM
  • Hi Karthik,

    for windows server 2012 acquiered in oem you can downgarde to any previous version, but the customer must have an existing downgrade Kit for previous versions for windows server while microsoft don't offers more a downgrade Kit by service fullfilement site.

    only the downgarde from windows server 2008 r2, you can command a downgarde kit for 2008 and 2003 r2 but on September 30, 2012, the option for OEM and Retail customers to obtain media and/or keys for prior versions of Windows Server products will no longer be offered.

    dira

    • Proposed as answer by Saira-Mash Wednesday, October 03, 2012 5:52 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by Saira-Mash Wednesday, October 03, 2012 5:53 AM
    Friday, September 21, 2012 12:16 PM
  • Hello Dira,

    I have the above info which states that MS doesnt provide any downgrade media further from effective 30 Sep 2012. If a Customer want to downgrade then he need to arrange downgrade media by himself.


    Cheers Microsoft Support - APAC

    Monday, September 24, 2012 3:32 AM
  • Hi Karthik,

    I called the activation center and got a reply with we can downgrade the Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2003. For the details about the method, I suggest you call activation center in your region.

    Microsoft Volume Licensing Activation Centers Worldwide Telephone Numbers

    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/existing-customers/activation-centers.aspx

    For the downgrade information, I got the same with you guys:

    *Windows Server 2012 Datacenter – Can downgrade to any previous version bits of:

    Datacenter edition

    Enterprise edition

    Standard edition

    Essentials edition

    *Windows Server 2012 Standard – Can downgrade to any previous version bits of:

    Enterprise Edition

    Standard Edition

    Essentials edition

    *Windows Server 2012 Essentials

    Can downgrade to any previously released version of Windows Server Essentials

    *Windows Server 2012 Foundation

    Can downgrade to any previously released version of Windows Server Foundation

     

    Thanks,

    Spencer


    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.

    Friday, September 28, 2012 10:10 AM
  • Hello Spencer,

    Great and Thanks for sharing the same. I have the answer for the above now. Customer need to arrange the Media for any Downgrade Version of Win Svr 2003 Install it and Reach activation Center for downgrade activation.

    From APAC Region I an one of Licensing specialist.


    Cheers Microsoft Support - APAC

    Friday, September 28, 2012 10:37 AM
  • Hello Karthik,

    Upgrade and Downgrade Paths

    Software Assurance Migration Path

    For every qualifying Windows Server license with current Software Assurance, the customer will receive the following Windows Server 2012 Edition:

      

    Current License

    Granted License

    Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter

    2:1

    Windows Server 2012 Datacenter

    Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard

    1:1

    Windows Server 2012 Standard

    Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise

    1:2

    Windows Server 2012 Standard

    Windows Web Server 2008 R2

    2:1

    Windows Server 2012 Standard

    Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Suite

    1:1

    Windows Server 2012 Standard

    Windows SBS 2011 Essentials

    1:1

    Windows Server 2012 Essentials

    Windows SBS 2011 Standard

    1:1

    Windows Server 2012 Standard and Exchange Standard

    Windows SBS 2011 Premium Add-On

    1:1

    Windows Server 2012 Standard and SQL Server 2012 Standard


    Shiva Jadala Microsoft– Customer Services Tel: 080-40103000 Toll free: 1-800-11-1100(BSNL and MTNL) Toll free: 1-800-102-1100 (AIRTEL)


    • Proposed as answer by Shiva Jadala Thursday, October 04, 2012 4:14 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by Shiva Jadala Thursday, October 04, 2012 4:14 AM
    • Edited by Shiva Jadala Thursday, October 04, 2012 4:15 AM
    • Proposed as answer by Shiva Jadala Thursday, October 04, 2012 4:15 AM
    Thursday, October 04, 2012 4:13 AM
  • Regarding Windows Foundation 2012, is it possible to downgrade it? If yes, can you please re direct me to a site where I may get all the details? Thanks
    Wednesday, November 14, 2012 12:59 PM
  • Hello,

    You can downgrade WS Foundation 2012 to Any Previous Edi of Foundation.


    Cheers Microsoft Support - APAC

    Thursday, November 15, 2012 4:39 AM
  • Really Thank you for your complete and enough Answer . 
    Saturday, January 19, 2013 8:23 PM
  • Hello

    Could you give us a link or site to check  if I can downgrade from  Windows 2012  foundation to Win 2008 R2 Foundation. I've not been able to find out the links or sites where I can check your answer about this issue.  Thanks 

    • Proposed as answer by Juan Carlos TB Saturday, January 26, 2013 8:39 AM
    Saturday, January 26, 2013 8:39 AM
  • Hello,

    Under Windows Svr 2012 Fact Data Sheet it clearly mentioned that Win Svr 2012 Foundation Edi can be downgraded to any prior Edi


    Cheers Microsoft Support - APAC

    Friday, February 01, 2013 12:21 PM
  • I'm sorry but I'm struggling to find hard facts RE downgrading from 2012 Foundation to 2008 R2 Foundation ... do you perhaps have a link to this "Windows Server 2012 Fact Data Sheet" that mentions this? 

    Thanx!

    Thursday, April 11, 2013 2:09 PM
  • Hi, I'm little bit confused about downgrade rights for Windows Server Essentials 2012, it is on any previously released version of Essentials, so can we understand that is has downgrade rights to Small Business Server and is that published somewhere, because I didn't find anything official. 

    Thanks, 

    Aleš

    Monday, June 24, 2013 1:54 PM
  • Hi, take a look at

    MICROSOFT SOFTWARE LICENSE TERMS
    MICROSOFT WINDOWS SERVER 2012 ESSENTIALS
    Section 15
    15. DOWNGRADE. Instead of creating, storing, and using the software, for each permitted instance you may create, store, and use an earlier version of Windows Small Business Server Essentials software. This agreement applies to your use of the earlier version of Windows Small Business Server Essentials that you elect to use under this downgrade option. For the avoidance of doubt, by electing this downgrade option: (i) you will not have the right to create, store or use a greater number of instances of the software than are permitted under this agreement, and (ii) you will need to acquire licenses for the number of processors in the physical server in accordance with Section 2 of this agreement. If the earlier version of Windows Small Business Server Essentials includes different components not covered in this agreement, the terms that are associated with those components in the earlier version apply to your use of them. Neither the manufacturer or installer, nor Microsoft is obligated to supply earlier

    You can choose only from Windows Server 2012 Essentials or SBS 2011 Essentials. No other version are capable...

    Monday, September 09, 2013 10:03 PM