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Windows 2008 r2 trial version

    Question

  • According to Microsoft e.g. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/948472, you can install Windows Server 2008 for a 60-day evaluation period.  Then, when your period expires, you can extend it twice for a total of 180 days.

    This sounded perfect for a short-term project I have.  So I installed W2008 10 days ago -- and today it informed me my evaluation period had expired!  Furthermore when I extended it with slmgr.vbs -rearm, it only extended it for another 10 days!

    Saturday, May 10, 2014 10:08 PM

Answers

  • Windows Server evaluation copies automatically activate when they gain access to the internet and check in with Microsoft.  This starts the 180 day trial period.  You will only get 10 days if the evaluation copy cannot reach Microsoft.

     

     

     


    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows]

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.

    Saturday, May 10, 2014 10:34 PM

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  • Windows Server evaluation copies automatically activate when they gain access to the internet and check in with Microsoft.  This starts the 180 day trial period.  You will only get 10 days if the evaluation copy cannot reach Microsoft.

     

     

     


    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows]

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.

    Saturday, May 10, 2014 10:34 PM
  • Are you sure you download the correct evaluation copy?  if not - then download a copy from below 

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=11093

    It should give you 180 days straight away when you activate online. see below .


    Regards, MassonTech

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014 3:26 PM