upgrade from standard to enterprise

By rmehawej ·
I have a windows 2003 standard edition R2 SP2 and i need to upgrade it to the enterprise edition because i have 8GB RAM physically installed and the standard edition only recognizes 4GB. When I launch the installer of the enterprise CD i get the following error:
?Setup cannot run in program compatibility mode. To run Setup normally, go to My Computer, double-click the CD icon, and then double-click the Setup.exe file?.

Please note that I tried to run setup by double clicking the executable but I received the same error.

Any advise that might help me launch the installer?

Thanks in advance.

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Command prompt

by unhappyuser In reply to upgrade from standard to ...

Open up a command prompt, traverse to the CD and the directory where the setup.exe file is and type setup.exe /?

This may provide you with options as to get past your issue.


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Are you trying to upgrade from 32bit version to 64bit version?

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to upgrade from standard to ...

If so, this is not a valid upgrade path. Microsoft says:

The x86 versions of the Windows operating system cannot be upgraded to the x64 versions of the Windows operating system. However, Windows Server 2003 x64 Standard Edition can be upgraded to Windows Server 2003 x64 Enterprise Edition.

You also can NOT upgrade a Windows Small Business Server 2003 (standard or enterprise) to a Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition. You can only upgrade from SBS 2003 Standard to to SBS Enterprise.


You might want to read this article too.

How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade of Windows Server 2003

Pay particular attention to the NOTE in paragraph 4.


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