How to Activate Windows Server 2019 Evaluation Edition with VLSC MAK key or Retail key #WINDOWSSERVER #MVPHOUR
When you try to activate Windows server 2019 from evaluation version, do you always get an error message “the product key you entered didn’t work. Check the product key and try again, or enter a different one. (0x80070490)”?
Today, I am going to show you how to install license key to activate Windows Server 2019 from Evaluation version. Let’s follow steps to activate your windows server 2019 (it also can be use for activating Windows Server 2016).
Note: you cannot use slmgr /ipk command with VLSC MAK key or Retail to activate evaluation edition server directly.
1.Login to Windows Server 2019.
4.If it shows Windows Server 2019 Standard or others non-evaluation edition, you can activate it without reboot.
6.Run command prompt or PowerShell as administrator.
slmgr /ipk your_product_key
11.That’s it, you have already activated your server without reboot.
15.You need a KMS client Activation keys and use DISM command to upgrade Edition from evaluation edition to standard (or Datacenter) edition.
Key Management Services (KMS) client activation and product keys for Windows Server and Windows | Microsoft Docs
16.Type following command to upgrade evaluation edition to standard (or Datacenter) edition.
DISM /Online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /ProductKey:xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx /AcceptEula
DISM /Online /Set-Edition:ServerDatacenter /ProductKey:xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx /AcceptEula
17.Click Y and restart the server. if you own VLSC MAK license not retail, you need to following steps to install your VLSC MAK key and activate for your server.
18.Login the server after reboot.
19.Run command prompt or PowerShell as administrator,
slmgr /ipk XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX (your VLSC MAK key)
24.That’s it, you have already change product key from Retail key to VLSC MAK key and activated your server without reboot.
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