How can I install Windows Server 2012 Essentials without a product key?

In short – you can’t.  You can however install it using the trial/evaluation key available from Microsoft here and then later once you get the real product key you can put that in via the Properties of the Computer and activate it as fully licenses software.


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3 Responses to “How can I install Windows Server 2012 Essentials without a product key?”

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  3. Joel Says:

    August 12th, 2014 at 7:49 am

    I followed the link for the trial/evaluation key and that is where I downloaded the essentials software but I did not see a place to key a trail key. I also downloaded the standard version and it did not require a key to be inserted. It just loaded and then said trial version 180 days. A better link for essentials would be appreciated.


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