Upgrading Windows Server 2012 2016 Evaluation to fully licensed

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You can’t apply a license on top of a 2012/2016 Evaluation as is – you will receive a “Server 2016 Edition cannot be upgraded” message when putting the new key.

List current edition

dism /online /Get-CurrentEdition

In order to apply the key for Standard, you will need to run this DISM command:

dism /online /set-edition:ServerStandard /productkey:<yourkey> /accepteula

For Datacenter:

dism /online /set-edition:ServerDatacenter /productkey:<yourkey> /accepteula

 

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