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  • Downgrade Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2003

    I purchased 2 Dell servers T110 and T130 with Windows 2008 Server pre-installed. I also purchased the downgrade option to Windows 2003 (required for my tasks). Does anyone have a guide or checklist on how to perform the downgrade? Would I have to format the drive and do a new install? Would I be able to use the product key from Windows Server 2008 when I install Windows Server 2003? Thanks in advance for any replies.

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    Re: Downgrade Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2003

    Format and start again is your only option i'm afraid.

    The Dell disk should have the drivers for a 2003 install so pop that in and follwo the prompts.

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      Re: Downgrade Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2003

      [QUOTE=TTomy]Does anyone have a guide or checklist on how to perform the downgrade?[quote]

      If you've bought it as an option you should be able to get support from Dell for it.

      Would I be able to use the product key from Windows Server 2008 when I install Windows Server 2003?
      No. Different products, different product keys. You would either be provided with a downgrade disk by Dell or separate install media/license keys. Sounds like you may need to check with Dell what they actually gave you..

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        Re: Downgrade Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2003

        If you have the official Dell 2003 media, it (used to, anyway) has the product key pre-installed so no key entry necessary.

        (For the benefit of any pirates reading this, it requires Dell hardware, although does no appear to distinguish between server and any other boxes )
        Tom Jones
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        • #5
          Re: Downgrade Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2003

          Thanks I will check with Dell. All the replies I got point to havinf to format and use the Windows Server 2003 disks I got from Dell.

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