Wednesday, April 11, 2012 1:25 PM
Server has a Windows 2008 Server Standard (trail version) currently installed.
Am not sure, but it might be 32 bit.
Now we brought a new license for Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard and Enterprise.
However it says invalid key inspite of entering the key correctly.
1> Am i doing some thing wrong here?
2> If i need to use this key do i need to format or is there downgrade/ upgrade option?
3> Can a 64 bit OS be installed on 32 bit machine?
The more informed and learned, please help me on these questions.
Am a novice to this field.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 5:14 PMhow are you attempting this upgrade? If the server is indeed 32bit and you are attempting to install R2, you will need to do a bare metal install.
Thursday, April 12, 2012 6:53 AM
Thanks for taking time to reply.
Am currently not doing any thing. I actually wanted to verify if at all it can be done.
Looking at your answer, it can be done.
Can you also throw some light on my 3rd question?
Can a 64 bit Windows Server 2008 be installed on 32 bit machine?
Thursday, April 12, 2012 7:59 AMModerator
If you are not sure your current version of Windows Server 2008 Standard, you could type the following command in the run:
Then you will get the detailed information about your OS. Since you brought a new license for Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard and Enterprise, the license is only applied to Windows Server 2008 R2 NOT Windows Server 2008.
Q1: Am I doing something wrong here?
A1: I have to say yes. You should make sure the version of your server before buying the license you need.
Q2: If I need to use this key do I need to format or is there downgrade/upgrade option?
A2: I think the upgrade option is supported, for the detailed information, you could refer to the article below:
Title: Windows Server 2008 R2 Upgrade Paths
Q3: Can a 64-bit OS be installed on 32-bit machine?
A3: Nope, it depends on your CPU. If your CPU is not supported 64-bit processor, it can’t be done. However, 64-bit machine could install 32-bit/64-bit OS.
At the same time, for more information about the licensing, you could contact the Microsoft Licensing Center to get further help.
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Thursday, April 12, 2012 4:09 PM
Thank you so much for answering so explicitly and patiently.
Will look up for the information in the link you mentioned.