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When the 120-day evaluation period expires for your Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Evaluation Edition, SQL Server does not start. You may receive the following error in the Windows Event Viewer application log:
This article describes how to upgrade from an expired SQL Server 2000 Evaluation Edition to SQL Server 2000 Retail Version. You can upgrade from SQL Server Enterprise Evaluation Edition to SQL Server Personal, Standard, or Enterprise Edition.
SQL Server evaluation period has expired.
SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition and Standard Edition can run on the following operating systems:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314947/ )How to upgrade virtual servers from SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Evaluation Edition to SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition
After the SQL Server 2000 Evaluation Edition expires, you can use retail installation to upgrade the expired SQL Server instance to SQL Server 2000 Retail version. To do this, follow these steps:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/237303/ )How to upgrade SQL Server 7.0 Evaluation Edition to Retail Version
To upgrade a virtual SQL Server from an evaluation edition to a retail edition, you must back up the databases, uninstall the virtual server, reinstall the retail edition, and then restore the databases.
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