Upgrading from an Evaluation Installation of Windows Server 2012

Upgrading from an Evaluation Installation of Windows Server 2012

This article is intended to assist in the installation of Windows Server 2012/ 2012R2 made using the Evaluation Version image.

Normally, this type of installation occurs due to a lack of having the correct Windows installation media. The Evaluation versions of Windows Server are available for public download.

Even after Windows activation, the system may keep counting down the 180 days grace period, and displaying it on the corner of the screen:

Check the System Properties and validate that Windows has been activated

In order to check if the installation was made using the Evaluation Version of Windows, use the following command (on an elevated prompt):

slmgr.vbs /dlv

The following depicts what will be displayed:

With the command above it's also possible to detect the product version customer picked during the installation, which may be "Essentials", "Standard" or "Datacenter".

In case doubts regarding which is the Windows Server version to upgrade from the evaluation installation, use the following command:
DISM /online /Get-TargetEditions

Once detected the proper version, enter the following command (again on an elevated prompt):

DISM /online /Set-Edition:<edition ID> /ProductKey:XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX /AcceptEula

<edition ID> will be one of the following values: "ServerStandard" , "ServerDatacenter" , "ServerEssentials".

A little after, the system will reboot (in the same fashion it does while applying updates).

Then a fully functional and activated Windows Server 2012 installation will be ready for use.

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Article ID: SLN299027

Last Date Modified: 09/14/2019 07:43 AM

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