Windows Server Download & Activation Guide

Windows Server Download (any version)

  • You can download Evaluation Copy for any version from here
  • In next step we will convert it for full retail version using the key

Windows Server Activation

If you have Evaluation copy

You can use this command in CMD to activate and convert it into full retail version in a single step.

To convert it to Windows Server Standard

DISM /online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /ProductKey:xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx /AcceptEula

To Convert it to Windows Server Datacenter

DISM /online /Set-Edition:ServerDatacenter /ProductKey:xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx /AcceptEula

If it was already full version (not Evaluation)

You can activate it directly from the control panel like any regular windows.

If it gives Error: 1168 it’s okay, it will do the upgrade and restart. And the windows will be activated. Just make sure you have internet connection running.

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