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SQL 2008 eval expired, ran maintenance Edition upgrade but still can't start services

Posted By:      Posted Date: September 30, 2010    Points: 0   Category :Sql Server

We unknowingly installed a MSDN evaluation copy of SQL 2008 on a production server.  The evaluation period expired and we're no longer able to access the database.  We have purchased SQL 2008 and have run the Maintenence Edition Upgrade, it completed successfully but the SQL services will not start, event logs for the various SQL services reference 'evaluation period has expired'.  We have modified the CommonFiles DWORD value to 3 in the HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server\100\ConfiguratioState key as noted in other posts and tried rerunning the the upgrade. We've also tried running the install on just the shared tools as referenced on another post, the install ran successfully but still not allowing the SQL services to start.

We don't want to lose our database if at all possible.  Any assistance is greatly appreciated.

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