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  • Hi. I downloaded, installed, and configured the 120-day evaluation copy of WHS. Purchased a copy from Microsoft. Tried to enter the authentication code, and it simply fails. I call in on the phone, and that operation fails. What's up? (I've tried multiple times, for several days. The computer is connected to the Internet, has connectivity, yet when I click the link on the activation page to go to the online site, it takes me to a page that doesn't exist (that is, it's a broken link).

    I'm sure the copy I have on the computer is a little more recent than the copy I got from Microsoft (later SPs and stuff). Any suggestions? Is there a human I can talk with on the phone about this?

    I really don't want to have to start all over with the installation DVD, although I guess I can if I have to...

    -- Ken

    Friday, February 27, 2009 4:43 PM

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  • KenGetz said:

    Hi. I downloaded, installed, and configured the 120-day evaluation copy of WHS. Purchased a copy from Microsoft. Tried to enter the authentication code, and it simply fails. I call in on the phone, and that operation fails. What's up? (I've tried multiple times, for several days. The computer is connected to the Internet, has connectivity, yet when I click the link on the activation page to go to the online site, it takes me to a page that doesn't exist (that is, it's a broken link).

    I'm sure the copy I have on the computer is a little more recent than the copy I got from Microsoft (later SPs and stuff). Any suggestions? Is there a human I can talk with on the phone about this?

    I really don't want to have to start all over with the installation DVD, although I guess I can if I have to...

    -- Ken



    Hi,

    The evaluation copy and the full copy are two different versions and you cannot use the PID from the full version with the eval as the eval is hard coded to expire after 120 days.

    Please see this FAQ which explains how to do a server reinstall to upgrade your version. The reinstall wipes the sys partition but leaves your data intact.

    Thank you


    Lara Jones [MSFT] | Program Manager
    Community Support and Beta | Windows Home Server Team
    Windows Home Server Team Blog
    Connect Windows Home Server
    Windows Home Server
    Friday, February 27, 2009 5:42 PM
    Moderator

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  • KenGetz said:

    Hi. I downloaded, installed, and configured the 120-day evaluation copy of WHS. Purchased a copy from Microsoft. Tried to enter the authentication code, and it simply fails. I call in on the phone, and that operation fails. What's up? (I've tried multiple times, for several days. The computer is connected to the Internet, has connectivity, yet when I click the link on the activation page to go to the online site, it takes me to a page that doesn't exist (that is, it's a broken link).

    I'm sure the copy I have on the computer is a little more recent than the copy I got from Microsoft (later SPs and stuff). Any suggestions? Is there a human I can talk with on the phone about this?

    I really don't want to have to start all over with the installation DVD, although I guess I can if I have to...

    -- Ken



    Hi,

    The evaluation copy and the full copy are two different versions and you cannot use the PID from the full version with the eval as the eval is hard coded to expire after 120 days.

    Please see this FAQ which explains how to do a server reinstall to upgrade your version. The reinstall wipes the sys partition but leaves your data intact.

    Thank you


    Lara Jones [MSFT] | Program Manager
    Community Support and Beta | Windows Home Server Team
    Windows Home Server Team Blog
    Connect Windows Home Server
    Windows Home Server
    Friday, February 27, 2009 5:42 PM
    Moderator
  • Thanks for your help. Amazing that you can't simply enter the validation code, but most go through such hoops to get an authenticated version. Bad, bad idea. Ah, well... -- ken
    Friday, February 27, 2009 10:31 PM
  • Just as a point of information, Microsoft has evaluation versions of a number of operating systems, and they are all the same way. The time bomb is hard coded into the core of the operating system, to protect against the easy use of (illegal, at least in the US) keygen programs to convert to fully licensed software without paying for the license.

    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Sunday, March 1, 2009 5:15 PM
    Moderator
  • to Lara,

    This is a tiny bit off this topic, but I made a huge goof and misplaced the product key for an OEM copy of Windows Home Server I purchased a couple of years ago. I need to reinstall the package on a newly built machine and unfortunately I have no way to locate the product key.

    Is there any way to recover and use the product key for my copy? All I have is the retail package sleeve and the protective box that the software was packaged in.

    Thanks

    Mark 

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013 8:28 PM
  • As you can imagine, extracting a product key from Windows is not something Microsoft supports or condones, so the product key is stored within the computer's registry in an encrypted form, specifically so that it's not easily extracted and re-used.

    That said, I suspect if you Google for the keywords 'extract", "windows", "product", and "key", you will likely find out how to do what you need.


    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)

    Thursday, January 10, 2013 2:46 AM
    Moderator
  • Thanks, Ken,

    Since the hard drive that the product was installed on is hosed,extracting it from that registry ain't gonna happen, unfortunately. Lesson learned. Besides, there's the 2012 version out there...... A trip to a reseller is in order, I guess.

    Thursday, January 10, 2013 1:15 PM