If you’re like me, you probably test out different software to either learn something new about a product or create a Proof-Of-Concept. Either way, most of the applications we deal with today, are running on top of Windows. I often find myself downloading the evaluation version of Windows because I need to test something quickly. But sometimes, there are scenarios where I need to permanently keep the OS without having to reinstall. This is where we have the option of converting the evaluation version of Windows to a licensed version.
The steps are fairly simple and are all done through the command prompt console.
- The first step you want do is validate to see to what edition of windows can the currently running evaluation version be converted to:
DISM /Online /Get-TargetEditions
- Next, after we’ve decided to what edition we want to upgrade our Windows Server installation, we can issue DISM /Online /Set-Edition:ServerDatacenter /ProductKey:XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX /AcceptEula
- Set-Edition: The edition of Windows we want to set (Standard or Datacenter)
- ProductKey: The product key of the edition of Windows we want to use
Windows will then be converted to the version you’ve chosen, activated, and finally, rebooted!