Can you Downgrade from Windows Server 2008 R2 to R1?

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Can you Downgrade from Windows Server 2008 R2 to R1? Has anyone done this before?

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You can’t downgrade any Microsoft OS to an older one from within the OS. You can however use your downgrade rights to install an older copy of the OS on that machine. This allows you to purchase Windows 2008 R2 and instead of using Windows 2008 R2 you can install Window 2008, or Windows 2003. If you are using an OEM Windows 2008 R2 license you’ll need to contact your OEM provider for media and a Windows 2008 Key.

There will be a small cost which goes with this, but it shouldn’t be more than $100 US.

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  • Yasir Irfan
    Yes Windows 2008 is an operating system not a service pack to downgrade without fresh installation. So you have to follow the adivice of Mrdenny
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  • JennyMack
    Mrdenny, Thank you for the information -- a good thing to know! I wasn't aware downgrade rights on Microsoft products worked that way. Thanks, Jenny Community Manager
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  • Bootsandchico
    i ordered r2 insteAD OF SP3 SERVER 2008 DELL SAYS IF WANT TO DOWNGRADE THEY WILL SELL ME NEW SOFTWARE FOR $1100.00 WILL TRY TO DOWNLOAD WINDOWS SERVER 2008 AND USE R2 KEY KEY OS FOR SERVER 2008-NO VERSION SPECIFIED dell was not very helpful and very expensive asked if i could trade installation cd-they said no will let you know how it goes
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  • Navvy786
    Yes you can, you needWin Srv 2008 SP2 Standard DVD Media Only to downgrade to R1.
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