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Last Updated: February 25, 2016
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· barnettjw
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Remotely Change a License Key on a Windows Server 2008 Box

If you ever need to change the License Key on a Windows Server 2008 box that you don't have RDP or an IP KVM for, there's a CLI method which works remotely.


  • If you want to remove all installed license keys
    • slmgr.vbs -upk

This is useful remove licenses used for testing purposes, before handing a server over to a client who is going to use their own licenses.


  • Add new the license key
    • slmgr. vbs -ipk <license key>
  • Activate Windows
    • slmgr.vbs -ato
  • Check to make sure the activation succeeded
    • slmgr.vbs -dli
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