Windows Server 2008 R2 Upgrade Paths & System Requirements

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Outlines supported and unsupported upgrade paths for Windows Server 2008 R2 SKUs.

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Windows Server 2008 R2 System Requirements

To use Windows Server 2008 R2, you need:*




Minimum: 1.4 GHz (x64 processor)

Note: An Intel Itanium 2 processor is required for Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems


Minimum: 512 MB RAM

Maximum: 8 GB (Foundation) or 32 GB (Standard) or 2 TB (Enterprise, Datacenter, and Itanium-Based Systems)

Disk Space Requirements

Minimum: 32 GB or greater

Foundation: 10 GB or greater

Note: Computers with more than 16 GB of RAM will require more disk space for paging, hibernation, and dump files


Super VGA (800 × 600) or higher resolution monitor


DVD Drive, Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse (or compatible pointing device), Internet access (fees may apply)

* Actual requirements will vary based on your system configuration, and the applications and features you choose to install. Processor performance is dependent upon not only the clock frequency of the processor, but the number of cores and the size of the processor cache. Disk space requirements for the system partition are approximate. Additional available hard disk space may be required if you are installing over a network.

Installation and Activation

You do not need to enter a product key to evaluate any version of Windows Server 2008 R2 software, however activation is required within 10 days. Failing to activate the evaluation will cause the licensing service to shut down the machine every hour.

For further information please see the Windows Server 2008 R2 Activation page

Can my existing servers run Windows Server 2008 R2?

Download the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit to securely inventory your existing servers and generate a migration report for Windows Server 2008.

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