Is it possible to upgrade Windows 10 to Server 2012 R2?  


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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 21H1 (May 2021 build 19043.1083)
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    Is it possible to upgrade Windows 10 to Server 2012 R2?


    I can guess the answer, no, but you never know. Is it possible to upgrade Windows 10 Pro 64-bit to Windows Server 2012 R2? What happens if you run the setup from Windows 10 Pro? You will be given the choice to upgrade, or be prompted to restart and do a clean installation? As far as I know, Windows Server 2012 R2 is the server counterpart of Windows 10. They even share most of the drivers. Assuming you have a computer running Windows 10 Pro and want to convert that to a small server, running say Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation Edition. Is that possible, or you have to format and clean install? Hopefully the drivers will be the same as in Windows 10.

    Alternatively, is there any upgrade/addon to add server aspects in Windows 10 Pro (eg mail server, file server or HTTP server)? Is there an equivalent of Windows Home Server for Windows 10?

    Thank you for your time.
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    Windows 10 Pro
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    No. Windows Server 2012 R2 is the server version of Windows 8.1

    The server version of Windows 10 has not yet been released, but it will be called Windows Server 2016.

    And no, you cannot upgrade a desktop OS to a Server OS.
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  3. Posts : 3,421
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 21H1 (May 2021 build 19043.1083)
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    Mystere said:
    No. Windows Server 2012 R2 is the server version of Windows 8.1

    The server version of Windows 10 has not yet been released, but it will be called Windows Server 2016.

    And no, you cannot upgrade a desktop OS to a Server OS.
    I thought so... OK I guess if I ever have the opportunity to create a small server, I'll have to do a clean installation. I thought Windows Server 2012 was the equivalent of Windows 8 and 2012 R2 that of 10. At least I learned something new :)

    What about add-ons or third party utilities to create a file server or mail server or whatever in Windows 10? Are there any official Microsoft tools? Are there some Windows 10 features I could enable and adjust? Thank you.
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