Upgrade Windows 2008 R2 Standard to Enterprise or DataCenter

I had a virtual 2008 R2 Standard server that I upgraded memory on to 64GB and realized (forgot) that it only supported up to 32GB RAM. Here’s what I did to upgrade to DataCenter to overcome the 32GB limitation.

[stextbox id=”info” caption=”Note” collapsing=”false” collapsed=”false”]A reboot will be required![/stextbox]

To determine the installed edition, run:

DISM /online /Get-CurrentEdition

To check the possible target editions, run:

DISM /online /Get-TargetEditions

To Start upgrade;

DISM /online /Set-Edition: /ProductKey:XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX

Upgrade Paths

From To
Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter
Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Server Core Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Server Core
Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Server Core Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Server Core
Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard

Posted by Rich Kreider

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