Convert Windows Server 2019 Evaluation to Standard Retail

If your VPS has an Evaluation version running as a free install, you can purchase a retail key and convert to a full version fairly quickly with just a few commands.

If your VPS powers down every day or every few days, that means that you are over your 180 days free evaluation period and you need to upgrade to a full version of Windows Server.

I prefer Windows Server 2019 over 2022+.

Firstly run PowerShell (Windows control then enter Power Shell)

Then enter the following:

DISM /online /Get-CurrentEdition

That will give you your current version.

Then enter this command to get the upgradeable versions:

DISM /online /Get-TargetEditions

Then, once you have your Windows Server 2019 Standard key, run this command:

DISM /Online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /ProductKey:xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx /AcceptEula

After a few minutes, the process will complete – let this run as it can be slow depending on the system.

You will need to restart the VPS.

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