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How to activate Windows Server

Installing/Activating Windows Server Standard/Datacenter

In this article, we’ll see how to download Windows Server 2019 or 2022, how to migrate from the Evaluation Center to the full version, and how to activate it with a digital key.

1. Downloading the .ISO File

To begin, we download the ISO file directly from Microsoft:
Windows Server 2019
Windows Server 2022

Direct Links:
Windows Server 2019 ISO 64-bit, Windows Server 2022 ISO 64-bit

2. Installation

Depends on where you want to install, for example, on a physical server or a VPS/Container, you need to boot this ISO to begin the installation.
The installation is done the same way as any Windows installation.

3. Activation

The first step is to upgrade from the “Evaluation” version to the “Full” version.
Run the following command in PowerShell with administrator privileges:

DISM /Online /Set-Edition:Edition /ProductKey:KEY /AcceptEula

Where “Edition” is the edition of Windows Server you installed (ServerStandard or ServerDatacenter) and “KEY” is a generic key. See the table below!

Edition Key Year
ServerStandard VDYBN-27WPP-V4HQT-9VMD4-VMK7H 2022
ServerDatacenter WX4NM-KYWYW-QJJR4-XV3QB-6VM33 2022
ServerStandard N69G4-B89J2-4G8F4-WWYCC-J464C 2019
ServerDatacenter WMDGN-G9PQG-XVVXX-R3X43-63DFG 2019


DISM /Online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /ProductKey:VDYBN-27WPP-V4HQT-9VMD4-VMK7H /AcceptEula

DISM will proceed with the necessary changes and will request a restart. Press Y to restart the server.

After the server restarts, open CMD again and run the following command to activate Windows Server.

slmgr.vbs /ipk Your key received from us

or access Settings > Activation > Change product key, here you can enter your key.

To see all available editions, open a cmd and run the following command:

DISM.exe /Online /Get-TargetEditions

Note! If you format, it will not activate with the same key and you will need a new key, check the information on the product page to make sure what type of license you have.

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