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Similar questions have been asked about 2008, but there appears to be a dearth of information on SQL Server 2012.

  1. Does it require a reinstall?
  2. Will it go through an upgrade process (and what does that entail) or is it just a magic SKU switch?
  3. Is the process exactly the same going from any edition of Trial to any licensed edition?
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rtm does not require a reinstall not sure about all the details though. – tony roth Mar 22 '12 at 1:15
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All you need to do is a SKU Upgrade which is done on the maintenance tab of the installer when you first open it (the first app where you would normally click the "Install a standalone instance..." option.

The process is the same when going from Trial to Standard, BI or Enterprise.

There will be a small outage, so if you are already in production with the server you'll need to schedule a small outage window.

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