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Install Windows 2012 R2 with no license key

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Hi,

I want to get a 2012 R2 server going and activate it later but I can't bypass the license key screen. It used to be possible 2008 but I can't do this with 2012?


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Question by:Alan Dala
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by:DaveGerke
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Which version of 2012 were you trying to install? I believe all versions have trial option for 180 days. If it does not, try downloading the installer from Microsoft. Here is a link:

Microsoft.com Server 2012 R2 download
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by:Alan Dala
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Thank you for your answer.

I'm trying the Standard version.

If I install the trial, can I activate it as soon as I buy a license?

Thanks!
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Only VL media can be used without a key. If you are downloading trial media or retail/MSDN, you need a key with 2012. The evaluation center has trial keys now for trial versions.
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by:DaveGerke
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Absolutely
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by:Alan Dala
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Sorry if I sound dense but I just want to make sure that if I install one of this trial keys, I can get that server into production and activate with a different key after I buy it.

Thank you!
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by:DaveGerke
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Yes, you can change the license from trial to the key that you receive when you purchase it.
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by:Cliff Galiher
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You can go from trial to retail. But not from trial to VL or OEM. You also cannot go from trial to retail of the machine is a DC. So you have to plan your purchase *and* roles carefully. Also note that using a trial in production is not legal, so in most cases these restrictions are not an issue.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn303416.aspx
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