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Activating Win server 2008

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by hqnet, Jan 5, 2011.

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  1. hqnet

    hqnet Thread Starter

    Nov 14, 2009

    We have purchased a server and a windows 2008 license, but because the information given by the reseller was very very confusing (*) we did not enter the serial number at installation time.

    *we were given a link to a MS customer account were we where supposed to get a Volume licence for this along with the additional licences we got, but process is quite bad imho.

    So when we finally figured which one was our license number I proceeded to the activatation tool assuming it would require our serial and activate the install based on it...

    ...but the thing is it never asked for the serial yet it said something like 'Activation was succesful' and the Genuine Windows logo appeared, there is no "X days rmaining for activation", and basically everything looks fine... but since I didnĀ“t enter the serial I am worried it will cause trouble in the future (i.e. complain about activation overnight)

    Before I activated it there was a Product Key on screen, and there still is, but AFAIK that is not the same as the Serial Number, right?

    What I am doing wrong here??

  2. peterh40


    Apr 15, 2007
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    Yes, you do need to provide a Product Number (not a serial number) and then Activate it. Since, your product is now activated, you are now fully licensed to use Windows 2008. So I shouldn't worry about it any further.
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