Convert Evaluation Windows into fully licensed

If you need to setup a windows server in a hurry you can download the evaluation ISO from Microsoft, here

You can then at a later date convert to a fully licensed (retail/OEM) version of windows by running the following command from an elevated prompt:

Standard edition: DISM /online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /ProductKey:YOUR-PRODUCT-KEY-HERE /AcceptEula

Datacenter edition: DISM /online /Set-Edition:ServerDatacenter /ProductKey:YOUR-PRODUCT-KEY-HERE /AcceptEula

You will need to restart.

One caveat is that you can’t do this on a domain controller.


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