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Windows Server 2008 Standard licensing question

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  • I've been searching for quite some time for an answer to this, but haven't been able to find one. I apologize if this has been asked before.

    I have a Windows Server Standard 2008 x86 that needs a memory upgrade. Will the license for the x86 version allow for me to move to Windows Server Standard 2008 x64 without buying a new license?

    Thanks,

    Tuesday, October 29, 2013 11:41 PM

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  • Hi. It depend of your licence you bougth.

    If a VLSC you might be able to see a x64 product key. So you could re-install it in x64. If a retail box.. no. If OEM.. no too.

    Is it a enterprise x86 ? you can turn on the /PAE switch wich will make all memory available even over 4G. (I got a TS in Win2008x86 with 16G of RAM to make an exemple) but you need a enterprice licence.


    Regards, Philippe

    • Marked as answer by LarryRPJr Wednesday, October 30, 2013 12:59 PM
    Wednesday, October 30, 2013 2:26 AM

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  • Hi. It depend of your licence you bougth.

    If a VLSC you might be able to see a x64 product key. So you could re-install it in x64. If a retail box.. no. If OEM.. no too.

    Is it a enterprise x86 ? you can turn on the /PAE switch wich will make all memory available even over 4G. (I got a TS in Win2008x86 with 16G of RAM to make an exemple) but you need a enterprice licence.


    Regards, Philippe

    • Marked as answer by LarryRPJr Wednesday, October 30, 2013 12:59 PM
    Wednesday, October 30, 2013 2:26 AM
  • Thanks, you've answered my question. Unfortunately, it's not Enterprise. We using Standard edition x86. I think our only options are to upgrade to either x86 Enterprise, x86 Datacenter or to wipe the server and install Standard Edition x64.

    Thanks again!

    Wednesday, October 30, 2013 12:59 PM