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Server 2003 product key good for 32-bit and 64-bit editions

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  • Hello I have a product key for server 2003 and I have it installed with the 32-bit version and I want to do a clean install with server 2003 64-bit and use the same product key. I was wondering if anyone has tried this and does it work, also I want to do this with server 2008. So if anyone has tried this I would like to know if it was a success.

    Thank You


    Louis Ramirez
    Wednesday, February 09, 2011 7:29 PM

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  • Hi,

     

    As I know, if it is a retail key, you can use it to install Windows Server 2003 64bit. However, you cannot use it to install Windows Server 2008. You must obtain a Windows Server 2008 key to install the 2008 system.

     

    For detailed information about licensing, please contact your local Microsoft Customer Service:

     

    http://www.microsoft.com/worldwide/

     

    Tim Quan

     

    Thursday, February 10, 2011 3:08 AM
    Moderator

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  • Hi,

     

    As I know, if it is a retail key, you can use it to install Windows Server 2003 64bit. However, you cannot use it to install Windows Server 2008. You must obtain a Windows Server 2008 key to install the 2008 system.

     

    For detailed information about licensing, please contact your local Microsoft Customer Service:

     

    http://www.microsoft.com/worldwide/

     

    Tim Quan

     

    Thursday, February 10, 2011 3:08 AM
    Moderator
  • Yes I also have a product key for 2008 I meant that I wanted to clean install Windows Sever 2008 64-bit, now I am running Window Server 2008 32-bit.

    Louis Ramirez
    Thursday, February 10, 2011 7:19 AM
  • That's OK. You should be able to use that key to install both Windows Sever 2008 64bit and Windows Sever 2008 32bit

    Friday, February 11, 2011 1:37 AM
    Moderator
  • just making sure my self, as i can only get 2008 server standard in 32bit OEM {not R2 so I assume its vista based}, that does not cost the price of the server i am making

    if i am reading it right the 2008 product keys work same way Vista and windows 7 keys do (they are Dual 32 and 64bit keys), its just the Disk that determines if its 32 or 64,

    officially OEM I guessing the stance would be its 32 only or 64 only for OEM but i very sure that's not the case, just that the OEM only come with one disk not both

     

    not related to the above question why i norm only used 2003 server in the past an 2008 server 5 user cal just setup as an file server should allow more then 5 computers to connect to it for file sharing (i am guessing MS tech would say no, but 2003 server i have never had an issue with limited connected clients with just 2003 server 5 cal just not sure if that's enforced or not)

    Thursday, March 17, 2011 6:16 PM
  • hi louis ramirez server 2003 32bit&64bit product keys both are different if u want to 64 bit product key check this blog kumarsearch.blogspot.in
    • Edited by Kumarji Sunday, June 17, 2012 11:18 AM
    Sunday, June 17, 2012 11:16 AM