Convert Windows Server Evaluation version to Retail & Licensed version

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In case; you have installed Windows Server 2012/2016/2019/2022 Evaluation version on your test environment and now want to take the server on production directly without installing newly, those time you may need to follow the following information for the conversion:


You can freely convert between Windows Server Evaluation version to Retail/Volume/OEM Licensed version. The edition remains the same during this conversion. If you are starting with an evaluation version, convert it to the retail version first, and then you can inter-convert as described. To do this, from an elevated command prompt, run:

slmgr /ipk <key>

Where <key> is the appropriate volume, retail, or OEM product/license key.

Open PowerShell/Command Prompt as Administrator and write and enter: slmgr /ipk XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX

After inserting the license key successfully, write this command for activation: slmgr /ato

If it doesn't work and getting an error like: Error: 0xC004F069 or Error 1168 the specified product key could not be validated, You need a Retail product key (which you will get if purchased from us) and use DISM command to upgrade Windows Server Edition from evaluation edition to Standard or Datacenter edition.

Type following command on command prompt or PowerShell/Windows Terminal to upgrade your Windows Server Standard or Datacenter evaluation version to Retail version.

  • Standard Edition: DISM /Online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /ProductKey:xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx /AcceptEula

  • Datacenter Edition: DISM /Online /Set-Edition:ServerDatacenter /ProductKey:xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx /AcceptEula

Click Y and restart the system and it's done. Please note: This method only work with Retail License for upgrading from Windows Server Evaluation version to Retail & Licensed version. If you purchased from us and going to implement your server on the environment by our given Server OS and License, simply skip it. It's only required for whom, who already installed Windows Server Evaluation version.


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