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A friend of mine asked me this question and I didnt know the answer so I figured I would bring it to the experts.

A friend of mine got Windows 2008 for free from Dreamspark.com.

He is currently downloading Win 7 from Dreamspark.com that he got for $30 since he is a student, however it is an upgrade version. Can he upgrade from 2008 to Win 7?? All I can find on Microsoft's website is about upgrading from XP or Vista.
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A friend of mine asked me this question and I didnt know the answer so I figured I would bring it to the experts.

A friend of mine got Windows 2008 for free from Dreamspark.com.

He is currently downloading Win 7 from Dreamspark.com that he got for $30 since he is a student, however it is an upgrade version. Can he upgrade from 2008 to Win 7?? All I can find on Microsoft's website is about upgrading from XP or Vista.
It isn't an upgrade or a downgrade. They are different variants of the same kernel. Server 2008 R2 is for domain servers, while Windows 7 professional is for domain clients. If Server 2008 is anything like Server 2003, you can even modify it to run exactly like a client. That means direct X, games, applications, etc.

There is a trick to using an upgrade version of Windows 7 as a full install. He doesn't need to try to upgrade from one OS to another OS. Again, there is a way to use the upgrade as a full install. There are guides for it all over the place on the internet, just Google it. He doesn't even need to erase his Server 2008 partition. He can dual boot both operating systems.
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It's not going to be a valid upgrade path. If he has an old XP disk he can use to upgrade that would work.

If he wants to he can convert it to a work station

http://www.win2008workstation.com/
    
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