Change the Windows Server edition without reinstalling

Hi you all

Today we gonna talk again about the DISM again  wich has the ability to do a lot of cool things with our images on sccm 2012 or WDS / whatever 🙂

Scenario :

We have a Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition , we need to change it to a datacenter edition , as you can see there are some differences about them

Aditional info about R2 Version 

This trick works fine on Windows Server 2012 R2 , but you cannot change between Server 2012 datacenter to any of R2 editions without upgrading !!  you must upgrade it first to R2 System , and then change it between editions () same to windows server 2008 R2 editions 🙂

1. Open CMD admin console

Run :

dism /online /set-edition:ServerDatacenter /productkey:<Datacenter key, e.g. AAAAA-BBBBB-CCCCC-DDDDD-EEEEE>/AcceptEula

This will change your windows server edition

To know wich versions you are able to upgrade your system you can also check this command:

dism /online /get-targeteditions


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