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Key Code for WINDOWS 2008 Server Standard 32 bit RRS feed

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  • I recently downloaded a trial WINDOWS SERVER 2008 Standard 32 bit from the MICROSOFT website. I have installed it and setup all of my configs and now I would like to pay and activate it. How do I go about doing this? MICROSOFT just gives me answers stating they are only dealing with Server 2012??? I assume that I must buy it and insert the key code into this trial version once it arrives in the mail. The server software state if you want to buy a key click here and that takes me to a genuine windows website which has verifies this copy as being genuine WINDOWS but that is all it does. Does not take me to a registration area. Can someone tell me if I am correct and just order it or can this be done on line?

    Thanks

    Wednesday, February 4, 2015 6:15 PM

Answers

  • David, 

    Please have a looks at similar thread Windows server 2008 R2 Trial to Full Volume license.

    Alternatively please follow below steps.


    Regards, Ravikumar P

    • Proposed as answer by Justin Gu Saturday, February 14, 2015 2:03 PM
    • Marked as answer by Justin Gu Sunday, February 22, 2015 12:32 PM
    Wednesday, February 4, 2015 7:38 PM
  • You can read this about how to convert a Windows Server 2012 evaluation to a full retail one: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj574204.aspx

    For Windows Server 2008 R2 (Should be the same for Windows Server 2008), you can see that: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2021579

    "Although this conversion is not blocked, we do not support an upgrade from an evaluation version to a full version or changing the product key to a full version key. Since there is no support for any type of upgrade you must do a install to new directory using non-evaluation media. If you change the product key to Full Version, the visual evaluation references in Winver and as displayed in Slmgr /DLV output are removed, but the WLMS service remains on the system and the media retains its evaluation status."

    Please note that Mainstream Support for Windows Server 2008 is over and that Extended Support phase has just started. So, I would recommend using the latest Windows Server if possible. For the licensing, I would recommend checking that with an MS Licensing Specialist.


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    • Proposed as answer by Justin Gu Saturday, February 14, 2015 2:03 PM
    • Marked as answer by Justin Gu Sunday, February 22, 2015 12:33 PM
    Wednesday, February 4, 2015 11:19 PM

All replies

  • David, 

    Please have a looks at similar thread Windows server 2008 R2 Trial to Full Volume license.

    Alternatively please follow below steps.


    Regards, Ravikumar P

    • Proposed as answer by Justin Gu Saturday, February 14, 2015 2:03 PM
    • Marked as answer by Justin Gu Sunday, February 22, 2015 12:32 PM
    Wednesday, February 4, 2015 7:38 PM
  • You can read this about how to convert a Windows Server 2012 evaluation to a full retail one: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj574204.aspx

    For Windows Server 2008 R2 (Should be the same for Windows Server 2008), you can see that: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2021579

    "Although this conversion is not blocked, we do not support an upgrade from an evaluation version to a full version or changing the product key to a full version key. Since there is no support for any type of upgrade you must do a install to new directory using non-evaluation media. If you change the product key to Full Version, the visual evaluation references in Winver and as displayed in Slmgr /DLV output are removed, but the WLMS service remains on the system and the media retains its evaluation status."

    Please note that Mainstream Support for Windows Server 2008 is over and that Extended Support phase has just started. So, I would recommend using the latest Windows Server if possible. For the licensing, I would recommend checking that with an MS Licensing Specialist.


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

    Ahmed MALEK

    My Website Link

    My Linkedin Profile

    My MVP Profile

    • Proposed as answer by Justin Gu Saturday, February 14, 2015 2:03 PM
    • Marked as answer by Justin Gu Sunday, February 22, 2015 12:33 PM
    Wednesday, February 4, 2015 11:19 PM