Activation of Windows Server Datacenter 2022 with 2019 key

mhth-it 21 Reputation points
2022-11-02T11:38:50.057+00:00

Hello,

we installed a Windows Server 2022 Evaluation edition to a virtual machine. We used a evaluation edition because we were waiting for a licence that has come with new hardware and that happened just recently. Unfortunately, the licence that came with the hardware is for Windows Server 2019 Datacenter (not 2022)

Can I use the 2019 licence key to activate the 2022 evaluation version?

Thank you.

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  1. Anonymous
    2022-11-02T12:32:20.83+00:00

    No, it isn't possible to active Server 2022 with a 2019 product key. They're different SKUs. Either reinstall it with Server 2019 or you'll need to come up with the correct (2022) product key.

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