Deactivate DHCP Windows 2003 after the activation time has expired


  I forgot to activate my version of windows server 2003 and now, the 30 day has pass and im lock-out of it. I want to activate it but when i try to connect to the internet (i got a router), i dont seem to connect to the internet. Now i think that my problem is that the router want to give my server a IP address but since my server got a DHCP installed, the network card get the IP address from the server.

  Is there a way to deactivate the DHCP from the server of another way to get around it or do i have to reinstall windows

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You can temporarily deactivate the DHCP server but shutting off the service itself.  Just go to:

Start >> Settings >> Control Panel >> (select Classic View) >> Administrative Tools >> Services

Scroll down to find the DHCP Server service.  Right-click it and select "Stop".  

Now you should be able to set your network card for DHCP (instead of a static IP) and get an address from your router.  I assume this is what you are trying to do.

Please post back with some more details if you're still having trouble.  FYI - I did find this article from Microsoft that mentions the evaluation version of 2003 and its expiration.

If this case holds true for your "retail" copy, then you might be able to get in via Safe Mode and then call Microsoft's activation department to activate your copy.  They shouldn't charge you for a call.


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sierra20Author Commented:
Hi Jeff

  I deactivate the DHCP and remove the network card from My peripheral in safe mode so that when i boot in normal mode, it would reinstall the network card with default setting. After that, i was able to log on the router and activate windows. Your answers really help me.

Thanks a lot
That's great!  I'm glad I could help out.

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