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Upgrading Windows Server from Evaluation to Full Version

April 04, 2024

Dustin Floyd

Supports Windows Server 2022, Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016, WIndows Server 2012 R2

Transitioning from the evaluation version to the full version of Windows Server is a straightforward process, but it requires more than just entering a product key. While a valid product key is essential for activating the full version of Windows Server, simply entering the key will not upgrade the evaluation version. The evaluation version and full version have different licensing channels and require a specific upgrade process to transition seamlessly. Here's a simple guide to upgrading using the DISM command, applicable to all versions of Windows Server.

1. Command Prompt with Administrator Privileges

Begin by opening Command Prompt with administrative privileges. You can do this by searching for "Command Prompt" in the Start menu, right-clicking on it, and selecting "Run as administrator.":

2. Execute the DISM Command

Once Command Prompt is open, type the following command and press enter: 

  • DISM /Online /Set-Edition:<Edition> /ProductKey:<ProductKey>

Replace <Edition> with the desired edition of Windows Server (e.g., ServerStandard, ServerDatacenter) and <ProductKey> with the valid product key for the full version.

Press Enter, the Deployment Image Servicing Center will then load the changes. There will be a bar to tell you the percentage completed

3. Wait for Completion:

The DISM tool will begin the upgrade process, which may take some time depending on your system's configuration and resources. Be patient and allow the process to complete uninterrupted.

4. Prompts to restart server:

The Server will then ask to restart. Type “Y” to accept the reboot.

Once the Server is successfully rebooted, you can ensure the Server is on the correct package by going to activation Settings:

  • Note: You may have to Go through the Activation Wizard after running the DISM command.

Importance of this Process

Transitioning from the evaluation version to the full version of Windows Server is essential for ensuring ongoing support, security updates, and access to all features and functionalities. Running the DISM command allows you to seamlessly upgrade without the need for a complete reinstallation, minimizing downtime and disruption to your operations.

Need Further Assistance?

If you encounter any difficulties during the upgrade process or have questions about Windows Server licensing and activation, our team of IT experts are here to help. With our years of experience in the field, My Choice Software can provide guidance and support to ensure a successful upgrade for your Windows Server environment.

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