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    Windows Home Server upgrade from Evaluation

    I have the WHS Evaluation copy that I got from Microsoft directly for shipping costs. Following Woody's book "Windows Home Server for Dummies", I am gearing up to evaluate it on my home network of 5-6 computers. If it works as well as Woody indicates, I plan to purchase the OEM version from Newegg and upgrade. However, I am not sure the upgrade is possible, or how I would do it. This is not clearly addressed in Woody's book. Does anyone know if I can do the upgrade at the expiration of the evaluation period simply by 1) entering the newly purchased Product Key and reactivating; 2) reinstalling from the newly purchased DVD's directly over the installed copy utilizing the new Product Key; 3) uninstalling the evaluation copy and clean installing the purchased copy and if I do so will I lose all my old settings and have to reconfigure from scratch? Thanks.

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    Re: Windows Home Server upgrade from Evaluation

    According to this thread - How do I upgrade my evaluation copy? - at the Windows Home Server Forums:
    <hr>The only way to upgrade to the full version from the evaluation version would be to do a server reinstallation, which will retain your data but reinstall the operating system. Once completed, you will have to re-create users and set up any custom settings you may have had previously.<hr>
    Furthermore, it is claimed you will need to re-install any software you have already installed.

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    Re: Windows Home Server upgrade from Evaluation

    Thanks for the quick response and the link to the Microsoft Forum. The answer seems pretty definitive although disappointing. I really wanted to "try before I buy", but my time is limited and I don't want to have to configure twice. Woody's book and other reviews I have read seem very supportive of WHS even in version 1.0 and it appears to do what I want for backup and central file management. I will likely just buy the OEM copy and hope it goes well.

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    Re: Windows Home Server upgrade from Evaluation

    Be aware of this issue - When certain programs are used to edit or transfer files that are stored on a Windows Home Server-based computer that has more than one hard drive, the files may become corrupted. As long as you avoid the edit files locally and use Windows Explorer to copy to/from the server you should be OK.

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    Re: Windows Home Server upgrade from Evaluation

    Thanks. I was intending to transfer my Quicken data to the server, but will hold off until the fix is applied.

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