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Windows Server 2008 Trial Version License expired after 15 days

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  • Hi, I have downloaded from Microsoft site the Tail software for Windows Server 2008 R2 standard edition on 3/6/2011.  Now I am gertting a display that "Windows License is expired, Build 7601, This copy of Windows is not genuine".  Need help urgently.  Thanks in advance - Sridhar Sundaraju
    Monday, March 21, 2011 1:12 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

     

    Based on this situation, I am afraid you have to reinstall the system if you still wants to test it.

     

    Meanwhile, I would like to let you know that the Windows Server 2008 evaluation period can be extended up to 240 days:

     

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/948472

     

    Tim Quan

     

    Tuesday, March 22, 2011 3:13 AM
    Moderator
  • Hello,

    It should not need a key, it should just be able to activate after installation, which is what is confusing.

    Has any key been entered?

    Does it give any error message?

    Are you running as administrator?

    Can you try from an elevated cmd prompt by running slmgr /ato?

    You may also want to try slmgr /rearm then try slmgr /ato to see if that makes difference.

    The article below speaks to the Evaluation behavior, can you check the days remaining and report back what it shows, the steps are in the article to get the remaining days.

    2021579 Windows Server 2008 R2 evaluation version
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-US;2021579
     


    Thanks, Darrell Gorter This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. VAMT - Volume Activation Management Tool - Download link http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ec7156d2-2864-49ee-bfcb-777b898ad582&displaylang=en
    Monday, April 04, 2011 10:27 PM
  • Can you try from an elevated cmd prompt by running slmgr /ato?

    Wow, this seems to have worked!  I received a pop-up window announcing the product had been activated, and now when I run

    slmgr /xpr

    My expiration date shows as Oct. 2, 2011.

    We should receive our permanent license before then, but this will at least get us operational for testing (we have a target release date of May 1).

    Many thanks!


    God only promised us a safe landing, not a smooth journey.
    Tuesday, April 05, 2011 1:43 PM

All replies

  • Hi,

     

    Based on this situation, I am afraid you have to reinstall the system if you still wants to test it.

     

    Meanwhile, I would like to let you know that the Windows Server 2008 evaluation period can be extended up to 240 days:

     

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/948472

     

    Tim Quan

     

    Tuesday, March 22, 2011 3:13 AM
    Moderator
  • I have exactly this same problem. Can you please explain why a product with a 180-day evaluation period would do this? 

    My company is developing a product and we wish to see if Windows Server 2008 R2 raises new issues.  This irksome problem has now set us back a couple of weeks.  I'd like to know how the NEXT time I install this (which is a full-day task) I can avoid this happening.

    For the record, there is no temporary license key or documentation that accompanies the download that addresses this issue.

    Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:35 PM
  • Hello,

    Was it activated?  The Trial edition has 10 days to activate.

    Has the eval period expired or the grace period to activate?

    Open an elevated CMD prompt and run slmgr /dlv, report back the output.


    Thanks, Darrell Gorter This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. VAMT - Volume Activation Management Tool - Download link http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ec7156d2-2864-49ee-bfcb-777b898ad582&displaylang=en
    Friday, April 01, 2011 12:38 AM
  • Hello,

    Was it activated?  The Trial edition has 10 days to activate.

    Has the eval period expired or the grace period to activate?

    Open an elevated CMD prompt and run slmgr /dlv, report back the output.


    Thanks, Darrell Gorter This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. VAMT - Volume Activation Management Tool - Download link http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ec7156d2-2864-49ee-bfcb-777b898ad582&displaylang=en


    I ran the slmgr.vbs /dlv command and got a pop-up window. Unable to post the image here, and unable to "scrape" the text out in one fashion or another, here is the resulting text from the command:

    Software licensing service version 6.1.7601.17514

    Name: Windows Server(R), ServerStandard edition
    Description: Windows Operating System - Windows Server(R),
    TIMEBASED_EVAL channel
    Activation ID: da71774d-b2c9-4c42-bb7b-a66365d5abb2
    Application ID: 55c92734-d682-4d71-983e-d6ec3f16059f
    Extended PID: 00477-00168-001-000034-00-1033-7601.0000-0772011
    Installation ID:
    01471061049353152768006739782593315354095592271567350
    Processor Certificate URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=88342
    Machine Certficate URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=88343
    Use License URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=88345
    Product Key Certificate URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=88344
    Partial Product Key: J9HDR
    License Status: Notification
    Notification Reason: 0xC004F009 (grace time expired).
    Remaining Windows rearm count: 5
    Trusted time: 4/1/2011 10:29:20 AM

    God only promised us a safe landing, not a smooth journey.
    Saturday, April 02, 2011 10:12 PM
  • Hello,

    You can use Ctrl+C to copy the text off the dialog box, focus just needs to be on the dialog box.

    This machine is in notfication from the activation grace period activation, it needs to be activated to before you get the eval timeperiod.


    Thanks, Darrell Gorter This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. VAMT - Volume Activation Management Tool - Download link http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ec7156d2-2864-49ee-bfcb-777b898ad582&displaylang=en
    Sunday, April 03, 2011 7:10 PM
  • Hello,

    You can use Ctrl+C to copy the text off the dialog box, focus just needs to be on the dialog box.

    This machine is in notfication from the activation grace period activation, it needs to be activated to before you get the eval timeperiod.

    Hmmm. I tried copying the text without success. No matter, though.

    How do I activate the trial period? I have no trial activation key, and when I respond affirmatively to the "do you want to activate now?" question, it asks for a key.


    God only promised us a safe landing, not a smooth journey.
    Monday, April 04, 2011 1:21 PM
  • Hello,

    Are you trying to activation through the GUI or from the command line using slmgr?  The installation uses the trial key so it should just be able to activate?


    Thanks, Darrell Gorter This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. VAMT - Volume Activation Management Tool - Download link http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ec7156d2-2864-49ee-bfcb-777b898ad582&displaylang=en
    Monday, April 04, 2011 5:07 PM
  • Hello,

    Are you trying to activation through the GUI or from the command line using slmgr?  The installation uses the trial key so it should just be able to activate?


    Thanks, Darrell Gorter This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. VAMT - Volume Activation Management Tool - Download link http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ec7156d2-2864-49ee-bfcb-777b898ad582&displaylang=en


    Hi Darrell,

    I've tried activating through the GUI.  As I cannot find a trial key, I don't know how I can enter one or the other via either the GUI or the command line slmgr.

    I apologize for appearing dense. Windows Server is not the platform of my experience.


    God only promised us a safe landing, not a smooth journey.
    Monday, April 04, 2011 7:21 PM
  • Hello,

    It should not need a key, it should just be able to activate after installation, which is what is confusing.

    Has any key been entered?

    Does it give any error message?

    Are you running as administrator?

    Can you try from an elevated cmd prompt by running slmgr /ato?

    You may also want to try slmgr /rearm then try slmgr /ato to see if that makes difference.

    The article below speaks to the Evaluation behavior, can you check the days remaining and report back what it shows, the steps are in the article to get the remaining days.

    2021579 Windows Server 2008 R2 evaluation version
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-US;2021579
     


    Thanks, Darrell Gorter This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. VAMT - Volume Activation Management Tool - Download link http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ec7156d2-2864-49ee-bfcb-777b898ad582&displaylang=en
    Monday, April 04, 2011 10:27 PM
  • Can you try from an elevated cmd prompt by running slmgr /ato?

    Wow, this seems to have worked!  I received a pop-up window announcing the product had been activated, and now when I run

    slmgr /xpr

    My expiration date shows as Oct. 2, 2011.

    We should receive our permanent license before then, but this will at least get us operational for testing (we have a target release date of May 1).

    Many thanks!


    God only promised us a safe landing, not a smooth journey.
    Tuesday, April 05, 2011 1:43 PM