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Hello guys

I built a server and installed WHS. I believed I downloaded the WHS 2011 trial, however upon entering safe mode the OS claims to be 2003 small business server?

Anaway the WHS trial expired and I purchased a copy of WHS 2007, I tried to use the key to activate the installed WHS.

This did not work!

I cannot recover information and data that I stored on the server, photos and videos which are quite important to me. I NEED TO GET THESES FILES BACK.

Here is what I have done:

1) I have opened the os in safe mode and tried to recover data to an external hdd. The response of the server is to log out of safe mode.

2) I after entering the key code WHS offers to allow me to access the internet for assistance.

I use internet explorer and open C:\\WINDOWS\\explorer.exe which allows me to access the desktop.

I try to transfer files using an external HDD, however as soon as I start the transfer WHS logs me out to the "log in screen" becomes non responsive.


DO YOU GUYS HAVE ANY IDEAS?
I'm becoming very scared!!
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The question is,how to recover the data from an expired and locked up trial version of Server 2003? I will "google' my best.I am suprised that trials for Server 2003 are still being offered.

EDIT: all I am finding so far are instructions to post a question in the correct section of TechNet.At one time I did have a phone number for a section of Microsoft to ask this kind of stuff.
Edited by PCCstudent - 6/21/11 at 10:40am
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install it (whs)on a new hdd then try and recover the data from the hdd that way as you can add it as a storage device??

will that not work??

edit:

if you got no spare hdd... use ubuntu live boot off cd or flash and partition the hdd copy and past the stuff over to the other hdd. shut down. reinstall it on the old partition and then you should have the data you still need on the othr partition.
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I agree, The Microsoft website that I downloaded from stated that the software that I was downloading was WHS 2011.

WHICH IS PERPLEXING TO ME!!

Ive been on the phone with MS tech support trying to resolve this problem, I have been transferred to level 3 tech support.

Honestly i dont know why i even bother with them, they are all incompetent.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jpcramer View Post
I agree, The Microsoft website that I downloaded from stated that the software that I was downloading was WHS 2011.

WHICH IS PERPLEXING TO ME!!

Ive been on the phone with MS tech support trying to resolve this problem, I have been transferred to level 3 tech support.

Honestly i dont know why i even bother with them, they are all incompetent.


are you a MS member (partner)?? if so ask the comunity... there are a lot more people there clued up there than the support. i must be honest though.... they did help me one time and was really greatfull for it.
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check my sig, u can get server 2008 r2 for free with a .edu address going into the future.
    
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hook the hard drive up to another computer...it will read the files

unless you've bitlocked, but even then Windows 7 can proabably do it

you could upgrade the OS rather then fresh install...I am not sure if Windows 7 or Vista can go over Server 2003. Never tried it. Upgrading the OS will renew the trial and leave your files intact for that matter re-installing server 2003 should do that
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hook the hard drive up to another computer...it will read the files

unless you've bitlocked, but even then Windows 7 can proabably do it

you could upgrade the OS rather then fresh install...I am not sure if Windows 7 or Vista can go over Server 2003. Never tried it. Upgrading the OS will renew the trial and leave your files intact for that matter re-installing server 2003 should do that
I have a copy of WHS 2007. would that work as an upgrade?
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check my sig, u can get server 2008 r2 for free with a .edu address going into the future.

I downloaded server 2008 with my edu address but decided not to use it.
I dont know a whole lot about 2008 and my understanding is that it is not forgiving.

I choose whs because of its simplicity.
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Just plug your drives into another computer. WHS Drive Extender is an file system that overlays on top of NTFS. All your files are accessible.


Which version of the key do you have? Power Pack 1 or 2 included?
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