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Chapter 2: Installing Windows Servers > Using Server Core - Pg. 40

40 Chapter 2 · Installing Windows Servers understanding the upgrade process Like an interactive clean installation, upgrades should begin with planning. Microsoft provides a list of steps you should take to prepare for an upgrade here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff972408(WS.10).aspx The basic tasks they suggest include: Ensure that your server hardware is supported. Perform a clean installation whenever possible. Ensure that your applications are compatible with the new version of the operating system. Test your applications against the new version of the operating system. Ensure that all kernel-mode software is signed. Back up your existing server installation. Understand that you cannot uninstall the new OS.