Switching from Windows Server 2019 Evaluation to Standard or Datacenter

If you’re a normal IT professional and like building test environments before going ahead and activating your copy of window server you might become frustrated when it comes time to activate and it fails. Then you realize “Oh wait, I haven’t switched my OS copy over!” Here is a quick guide to a very common gotcha.

You’ll want to “set” your edition from “evaluation” to “standard” or “datacenter”. To switch these you need to use the following command to move to “standard” from “evaluation”

DISM /online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /ProductKey:<insert default product key here> /AcceptEula

The Product keys here are known as default product keys. They are what you use to register that “version” of the OS.

After which, then you can perform a regular activation using the product key you had purchased.

Example Activating Windows Server 2019 Evaluation to Standard:

DISM /online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /ProductKey:N69G4-B89J2-4G8F4-WWYCC-J464C /AcceptEula

To see what you can “upgrade” to you can use the following command in an elevated command prompt:

dism /online /get-targeteditions

Below is a list of the product keys available for each operating system:

Operating systemProduct key
Windows Server 2008 StandardTM24T-X9RMF-VWXK6-X8JC9-BFGM2
Windows Server 2008 EnterpriseYQGMW-MPWTJ-34KDK-48M3W-X4Q6V
Windows Server 2008 Datacenter7M67G-PC374-GR742-YH8V4-TCBY3
Windows Server 2008 R2 StandardYC6KT-GKW9T-YTKYR-T4X34-R7VHC
Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise489J6-VHDMP-X63PK-3K798-CPX3Y
Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter74YFP-3QFB3-KQT8W-PMXWJ-7M648
Windows Server 2012 StandardXC9B7-NBPP2-83J2H-RHMBY-92BT4
Windows Server 2012 Datacenter48HP8-DN98B-MYWDG-T2DCC-8W83P
Windows Server 2012 R2 StandardD2N9P-3P6X9-2R39C-7RTCD-MDVJX
Windows Server 2012 R2 DatacenterW3GGN-FT8W3-Y4M27-J84CP-Q3VJ9
Windows 8.1 ProfessionalGCRJD-8NW9H-F2CDX-CCM8D-9D6T9
Windows Server 2016 DatacenterCB7KF-BWN84-R7R2Y-793K2-8XDDG
Windows Server 2016 StandardWC2BQ-8NRM3-FDDYY-2BFGV-KHKQY
Windows Server 2016 EssentialsJCKRF-N37P4-C2D82-9YXRT-4M63B
Windows Server 2019 StandardN69G4-B89J2-4G8F4-WWYCC-J464C
Windows Server 2019 DatacenterWMDGN-G9PQG-XVVXX-R3X43-63DFG

Table from https://docs.ovh.com/gb/en/dedicated/windows-key/

Then to register your “purchased” product key open an elevated command prompt window and enter:

slmgr.vbs -ipk <insert purchased product key here>

Windows 10 Pro Default Product Key

slmgr.vbs -ipk VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T
Windows 10 Edition RTM Generic Key (retail) KMS Client Setup Key
Windows 10 Home YTMG3-N6DKC-DKB77-7M9GH-8HVX7
Windows 10 Home N 4CPRK-NM3K3-X6XXQ-RXX86-WXCHW
Windows 10 Home Single Language BT79Q-G7N6G-PGBYW-4YWX6-6F4BT
Windows 10 Pro VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T W269N-WFGWX-YVC9B-4J6C9-T83GX
Windows 10 Pro N 2B87N-8KFHP-DKV6R-Y2C8J-PKCKT MH37W-N47XK-V7XM9-C7227-GCQG9
Windows 10 Pro for Workstations DXG7C-N36C4-C4HTG-X4T3X-2YV77 NRG8B-VKK3Q-CXVCJ-9G2XF-6Q84J
Windows 10 Pro N for Workstations WYPNQ-8C467-V2W6J-TX4WX-WT2RQ 9FNHH-K3HBT-3W4TD-6383H-6XYWF
Windows 10 S 3NF4D-GF9GY-63VKH-QRC3V-7QW8P
Windows 10 Education YNMGQ-8RYV3-4PGQ3-C8XTP-7CFBY NW6C2-QMPVW-D7KKK-3GKT6-VCFB2
Windows 10 Education N 84NGF-MHBT6-FXBX8-QWJK7-DRR8H 2WH4N-8QGBV-H22JP-CT43Q-MDWWJ
Windows 10 Pro Education 8PTT6-RNW4C-6V7J2-C2D3X-MHBPB 6TP4R-GNPTD-KYYHQ-7B7DP-J447Y
Windows 10 Pro Education N GJTYN-HDMQY-FRR76-HVGC7-QPF8P YVWGF-BXNMC-HTQYQ-CPQ99-66QFC
Windows 10 Enterprise XGVPP-NMH47-7TTHJ-W3FW7-8HV2C NPPR9-FWDCX-D2C8J-H872K-2YT43
Windows 10 Enterprise G YYVX9-NTFWV-6MDM3-9PT4T-4M68B
Windows 10 Enterprise G N FW7NV-4T673-HF4VX-9X4MM-B4H4T 44RPN-FTY23-9VTTB-MP9BX-T84FV
Windows 10 Enterprise N WGGHN-J84D6-QYCPR-T7PJ7-X766F DPH2V-TTNVB-4X9Q3-TJR4H-KHJW4
Windows 10 Enterprise S NK96Y-D9CD8-W44CQ-R8YTK-DYJWX FWN7H-PF93Q-4GGP8-M8RF3-MDWWW
Windows 10 Enterprise 2015 LTSB WNMTR-4C88C-JK8YV-HQ7T2-76DF9
Windows 10 Enterprise 2015 LTSB N 2F77B-TNFGY-69QQF-B8YKP-D69TJ
Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB 2016 DCPHK-NFMTC-H88MJ-PFHPY-QJ4BJ
Windows 10 Enterprise N LTSB 2016 RW7WN-FMT44-KRGBK-G44WK-QV7YK QFFDN-GRT3P-VKWWX-X7T3R-8B639
Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2019 M7XTQ-FN8P6-TTKYV-9D4CC-J462D
Windows 10 Enterprise N LTSC 2019 92NFX-8DJQP-P6BBQ-THF9C-7CG2H
Windows Server 2016 Datacenter CB7KF-BWN84-R7R2Y-793K2-8XDDG
Windows Server 2016 Standard WC2BQ-8NRM3-FDDYY-2BFGV-KHKQY
Windows Server 2016 Essentials JCKRF-N37P4-C2D82-9YXRT-4M63B
Windows Server 2019 Datacenter WMDGN-G9PQG-XVVXX-R3X43-63DFG
Windows Server 2019 Standard N69G4-B89J2-4G8F4-WWYCC-J464C
Windows Server 2019 Essentials WVDHN-86M7X-466P6-VHXV7-YY726

Windows 10 Default Product Keys to be used with OEM Activation 3.0 – for manufacturers

Windows 10 Edition Generic product key
Windows 10 Home 37GNV-YCQVD-38XP9-T848R-FC2HD
Windows 10 Home N 33CY4-NPKCC-V98JP-42G8W-VH636
Windows 10 Pro NF6HC-QH89W-F8WYV-WWXV4-WFG6P
Windows 10 Pro N NH7W7-BMC3R-4W9XT-94B6D-TCQG3
Windows 10 SL NTRHT-XTHTG-GBWCG-4MTMP-HH64C
Windows 10 CHN SL 7B6NC-V3438-TRQG7-8TCCX-H6DDY

Windows 10 Default Product Keys to be used without OEM Activation 3.0 – for system builders

Windows 10 Edition Generic product key
Windows 10 Home 46J3N-RY6B3-BJFDY-VBFT9-V22HG
Windows 10 Home N PGGM7-N77TC-KVR98-D82KJ-DGPHV
Windows 10 Pro RHGJR-N7FVY-Q3B8F-KBQ6V-46YP4
Windows 10 Pro N 2KMWQ-NRH27-DV92J-J9GGT-TJF9R
Windows 10 SL GH37Y-TNG7X-PP2TK-CMRMT-D3WV4
Windows 10 CHN SL 68WP7-N2JMW-B676K-WR24Q-9D7YC

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