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How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade of Windows Server 2003
Article ID: 816579 - View products that this article applies to.
For a Microsoft Windows 2000 version of this article, see 292175
If you have already performed the emergency repair process and the computer still does not operate normally, you may want to do an in-place upgrade of the existing installation.
Note You do not have to start up the computer from the Windows Server 2003 CD-ROM to do an in-place upgrade unless the computer cannot start in the usual manner. If you can start the computer as usual, just start the in-place upgrade from within the operating system by running the WINNT32.exe file on the CD-ROM.
An in-place upgrade is the final alternative before you have to reinstall the operating system. Note that it takes the same amount of time to do the upgrade as to reinstall the operating system. Also, some of your customized Windows settings may be lost through this process.
To perform an in-place upgrade of Windows Server 2003, follow these steps:
Article ID: 816579 - Last Review: December 3, 2007 - Revision: 4.3