Ramblings of a Home Server User

August 25, 2007

RTM Upgrade Tip

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tom @ 11:07 pm

I was poking around in the forums today, and came across a couple of posts about RC to RTM upgrades and the desktop still saying ‘Evaluation Copy’ but the console version was 6.0.1500.0. This is because the “upgrade” was run from within the RC build of Windows Home Server. This is not the proper way to do the upgrade, and the upgrade will not be done properly.

To upgrade your server from RC to RTM, you must boot from the DVD, and select the ‘Server Reinstallation’ method. The SYS partition will be wiped, but all of your data should remain.

After you complete the upgrade, you will have a non-timebombed version of Windows Home Server.

Happy Sharing!




  1. I read that post, too!
    I couldn’t believe they weren’t doing this already, and so I didn’t take the time to respond.
    Thanks for pointing this out for everyone else.

    Comment by HobbesPDX — August 26, 2007 @ 10:47 am

  2. define “data loss”… any applications installed (and their configuration) will be lost if the SYS partition is gone. So will any user and group information… Doesn’t sound like much of an upgrade. This strikes me as the equivalent of installing your data drive in a new system with a clean copy of the OS.

    Comment by tomf — August 30, 2007 @ 4:16 pm

  3. Hi TomF,

    The upgrade will wipe the SYS partition. It is the same as it has always been with every beta release. When you re-create the users, it automatically re-attaches them to their user folders, and you can then set the permissions you want.


    Comment by Tom — August 30, 2007 @ 4:38 pm

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