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Cannot upgrade from Server 2008R2 SP1 to Server 2012R2

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  • Hi there,

    I'm trying to upgrade our physical server from Windows 2008R2 to Server 2012R2 however doing so I get the error message:

    "Windows cannot find the Microsoft Software License Terms. Make sure the installation sources are valid and restart installation."

    Our server is a HP G6 with 4GB of memory. Couldn't find anything on forums beside people talking about VMs but even though I did a p2v of the server and increased the memory to 8GB I get the same error.

    Any ideas on how to bypass this issue?


    Friday, June 13, 2014 4:49 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    for more Details Information about upgrade  Options of Windows Server 2012 R2, we have the following details.

    The table mentioned on thi slink: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn303416.aspx briefly summarizes which already licensed (that is, not evaluation) Windows operating systems can be upgraded to which editions of Windows Server 2012 R2.

    Note the following general guidelines for supported paths:

    • In-place upgrades from 32-bit to 64-bit architectures are not supported. All editions of Windows Server 2012 R2 are 64-bit only.
    • In-place upgrades from one language to another are not supported.
    • In-place upgrades from one build type (fre to chk, for example) are not supported.
    • If the server is a domain controller, see http://technet.microsoft.com/library/hh994618.aspx for important information.
    • Upgrades from pre-release versions of Windows Server 2012 R2 are not supported. Perform a clean installation to Windows Server 2012 R2.
    • Upgrades that switch from a Server Core installation to the Server with a GUI mode of Windows Server 2012 R2 in one step (and vice versa) are not supported. However, after upgrade is complete, Windows Server 2012 R2 allows you to switch freely between Server Core and Server with a GUI modes. For more information about these installation options, how to convert between them, and how to use the new Minimal Server Interface and Features on Demand, see http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831786.

    thanks

    diramoh

    Monday, June 16, 2014 9:54 AM

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  • Hi,

    Enter your current system drive.

    Access $WINDOWS.~BT\Source\Panther.

    Check setupact.log and share with us.

    Monday, June 16, 2014 8:27 AM
  • Hi,

    for more Details Information about upgrade  Options of Windows Server 2012 R2, we have the following details.

    The table mentioned on thi slink: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn303416.aspx briefly summarizes which already licensed (that is, not evaluation) Windows operating systems can be upgraded to which editions of Windows Server 2012 R2.

    Note the following general guidelines for supported paths:

    • In-place upgrades from 32-bit to 64-bit architectures are not supported. All editions of Windows Server 2012 R2 are 64-bit only.
    • In-place upgrades from one language to another are not supported.
    • In-place upgrades from one build type (fre to chk, for example) are not supported.
    • If the server is a domain controller, see http://technet.microsoft.com/library/hh994618.aspx for important information.
    • Upgrades from pre-release versions of Windows Server 2012 R2 are not supported. Perform a clean installation to Windows Server 2012 R2.
    • Upgrades that switch from a Server Core installation to the Server with a GUI mode of Windows Server 2012 R2 in one step (and vice versa) are not supported. However, after upgrade is complete, Windows Server 2012 R2 allows you to switch freely between Server Core and Server with a GUI modes. For more information about these installation options, how to convert between them, and how to use the new Minimal Server Interface and Features on Demand, see http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831786.

    thanks

    diramoh

    Monday, June 16, 2014 9:54 AM
  • "Make sure the installation sources are valid and restart installation."

    Where did you get the installation media?  Have you used that media successfully for other installations and/or upgrades?

    What sort of media was used on the initial installation?  Did it happen to an OEM installation? 


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    Wednesday, June 18, 2014 8:10 PM