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I was attempting to upgrade from Windows server 2012 Foundation to Windows 2012 Standard without having to wipe and reinstall.

Is there an in-place upgrade path for these editions, and if there is, is there any documentation on it? The only one I could find pointed to an upgrade from Essentials to Standard, but didn't explicitly mention that that was the only possible upgrade.

I have exhausted my patience with Microsoft support who don't seem to have an answer for me!

This question is similar in requirement and error to (In-place upgrade from Windows Server Standard to Enterprise or Datacenter) but varies significantly by the Version and Edition.

What further info do you need to assist me in finding a solution?

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-1 for your comment "I have exhausted my patience with Microsoft support who don't seem to have an answer for me!" - Very clearly the information is available and its not the fault of "Microsoft support" that you couldn't find it. If you have no patience for Microsoft then maybe you shouldn't use their products. I get pretty tired of hearing people bash Microsoft when the failure is clearly not theirs, but yours. In your case it was your failure to find the information, not Microsoft's failure to provide the information. – joeqwerty Jan 29 '13 at 19:52
@joeqwerty I found it in about 60 seconds, though, I am a pretty patient guy... – Ryan Ries Jan 29 '13 at 20:08
@joeqwerty - Fact 1: Microsoft provides my bread/butter/jam as I work fully on MS Web dev stack. So MS bashing isn't my thing! Fact 2: Another person less keen on finding MS bashers would have realised that the comment means that I had spent too much time with MS support being passed from dept to dept with no one knowing an answer. Surely they had to know. Fact 3: Yes I did do a lot of patient searching but maybe down the wrong path to not have found the answer so readily. Fact 4: Server 2008 had this upgrade path, hence the desperation to find one for 2012. – bPratik Jan 31 '13 at 1:25
@joeqwerty - So please don't be in a haste to stereotype posters. I also hope your fury didn't stem from the fact that you assumed I was a newbie to StackExchange, as I am not and am well aware of the culture here. Peace. – bPratik Jan 31 '13 at 1:28
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"Upgrade of Windows Server 2012 Foundation is not supported."

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Thanks @Ryan - Although I was desperately hoping that there did exist an in-place upgrade path. Is there a hack/workaround that you are aware of? – bPratik Jan 31 '13 at 1:31
@bPratik Sorry, but no. Even if there is a "hack" it would be unsupported, and SF is about systems administration in a professional setting. Good luck! – Ryan Ries Jan 31 '13 at 2:08

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