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Dell PowerEdge: How to Download the Microsoft Windows Server Media / ISO file?

Summary: Dell only sells Windows installation media when ordered with a system. If you want to reinstall a Windows Server OS on your PowerEdge server, but you lost your original Windows Installation-DVD, you can download the matching ISO-file directly from Microsoft (after registration). ...

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In most cases, Dell PowerEdge servers are shipped with the Operating System pre-installed. Except if it has been optionally ordered, the Windows Server media is not included in the package.

If you want to reinstall a Windows Server OS on your PowerEdge, but you lost or do not have the original Windows installation media at hand, you can download the matching ISO-file directly from the Microsoft website (after filling the registration form).

These versions will start in trial mode and can be activated with an OEM Serial Key.

Windows Server Version

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Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2016 Essentials
Windows Server 2019
Windows Server 2019 Essentials
Windows Server 2022

Microsoft Evaluation Center

SLN304332_en_US__1icon Note: Starting with Windows Server 2012, the evaluation version must be converted to a full retail version
Server Standard Core installs cannot be converted from EVAL. You must choose Desktop Experience at the time of installation to be able to convert to a fully licensed version.

Note: If the server is an Active Directory Domain Controller, it cannot be converted to Retail.

For other Windows installation media, visit the Microsoft Evaluation Center or the download section of

Related Links:
How to Install the Operating System on a Dell PowerEdge Server





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Affected Product

Microsoft Windows Server 2016, Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008, Microsoft Windows 2008 Server R2, Microsoft Windows 2012 Server, Microsoft Windows 2012 Server R2

Last Published Date

26 Jul 2023



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