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Windows Home Server Vail Preview Refresh: Installation Walkthrough

If you’ve previously installed the Windows Server Vail Preview, you’ll have had first hand experience of how the process works. The Beta Refresh is very similar, but if you’re yet to get hands-on with Vail and are thinking of trying out the refresh, here’s a walk through the installation in pictures.


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  • WeeHappyPixie

    Does anyone know when the final version will hit the market.

  • The assumption is towards the end of the year, but that's just a guess

  • bobby

    do u still have to set the bios time pst still

  • If I install over the previous version of home server (version 1), will I lose all files in the data disks?

    • Yes you will.

      • And upgrading from the preview to the "final" version?

        • I'd be *very* surprised if an in place upgrade is available from Preview to RTM, and to be honest, even if there was, I wouldn't recommend it. These are very much beta builds, and shouldn't be relied on as production quality. You really don't want to put all of your data on there without a decent backup.

  • Gary

    Can the refresh be installed over the first beta / vail?

    • No, it'll need to be a fresh install with your data copied back to the server.

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