Activating all versions of Windows Server without a product key

Activating all versions of windows server for free without product key

As you know, Windows Server is a specialized operating system which is designed for server only. In today’s post, I will show you how to activate Windows in your VPS or dedicated server for FREE using KMS client product key. Although the KMS license is valid for 180 days only but there is no limit on the number of activation. So you can renew it whenever you want. Actually, the license will be renewed automatically every 7 days by default (almost similar to Let’s Encrypt certificate). In this way, just do it one time and forget it completely.

Note:

  • If you are a student, an office worker or any standard user who is using desktop edition of Windows, just skip this post and please do not follow the instructions. I will not be responsible for any damage caused by you.
  • All editions of Windows Server in the Microsoft homepage are evaluation ones and not supported by KMS. So if you are using an evaluation version, just convert it to the retail one before following the below instruction.

Supported products:

  • Windows Server 2022/2019/2016.
  • Windows Server, version 1809, 1803, 1709.
  • Windows Server 2008/2012 (R2).
Here is Windows Server status when it is not activated
Here is Windows Server status when it is not activated

As you can see in the image above, I am using Windows Server 2016 Standard and it is not activated.

Method 1: Manually installing KMS client key and activating it.

Legal way to use Windows Server for FREE

Time needed: 1 minute.

Running KMS commands in command prompt manually

  1. Get the right product key from the official article of Microsoft.

    The KMS Client Setup Key of Win Server 2016 Standard is “WC2BQ-8NRM3-FDDYY-2BFGV-KHKQY”. I will use it in the next step.

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  2. Install the key on your server.

    To open command prompt, click on the Windows button, search for “cmd” and run the command prompt as administrator. Then, enter “slmgr /ipk CLIENTKEY” in the command window.
    Note: each command is followed by hitting Enter.

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  3. Set the KMS server.

    Enter “slmgr /skms s8.now.im” in the window.set kms8 as main kms server

  4. Activate the KMS client key.

    Finally, use the command “/ato” to activate your Windows.
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If you see the error 0xC004F074, it means that your internet connection is unstable or the server is busy. Please make sure your device is online and try the command “ato” again until you succeed.

Method 2: Using a pre-written batch file.

This one is not recommended anymore due to the new update of Microsoft.

Step 1. Copy all the text below into a text file.

@echo off
title Activate Windows Server (ALL versions) for FREE - MSGuides.com&cls&echo =====================================================================================&echo #Project: Activating Microsoft software products for FREE without additional software&echo =====================================================================================&echo.&echo #Supported products:&echo http://bit.ly/kmsclientkeys&echo.&echo.&echo ============================================================================&echo Activating your Windows...&set i=1
cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk 4DWFP-JF3DJ-B7DTH-78FJB-PDRHK >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk 22XQ2-VRXRG-P8D42-K34TD-G3QQC >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk 7M67G-PC374-GR742-YH8V4-TCBY3 >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk RCTX3-KWVHP-BR6TB-RB6DM-6X7HP >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk 39BXF-X8Q23-P2WWT-38T2F-G3FPG >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk YQGMW-MPWTJ-34KDK-48M3W-X4Q6V >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk W7VD6-7JFBR-RX26B-YKQ3Y-6FFFJ >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk TM24T-X9RMF-VWXK6-X8JC9-BFGM2 >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk WYR28-R7TFJ-3X2YQ-YCY4H-M249D >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk GT63C-RJFQ3-4GMB6-BRFB9-CB83V >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk 74YFP-3QFB3-KQT8W-PMXWJ-7M648 >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk 489J6-VHDMP-X63PK-3K798-CPX3Y >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk YC6KT-GKW9T-YTKYR-T4X34-R7VHC >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk TT8MH-CG224-D3D7Q-498W2-9QCTX >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk 6TPJF-RBVHG-WBW2R-86QPH-6RTM4 >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk 48HP8-DN98B-MYWDG-T2DCC-8W83P >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk XNH6W-2V9GX-RGJ4K-Y8X6F-QGJ2G >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk HM7DN-YVMH3-46JC3-XYTG7-CYQJJ >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk XC9B7-NBPP2-83J2H-RHMBY-92BT4 >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk 4K36P-JN4VD-GDC6V-KDT89-DYFKP >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk 2WN2H-YGCQR-KFX6K-CD6TF-84YXQ >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk 8N2M2-HWPGY-7PGT9-HGDD8-GVGGY >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk BN3D2-R7TKB-3YPBD-8DRP2-27GG4 >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk KNC87-3J2TX-XB4WP-VCPJV-M4FWM >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk W3GGN-FT8W3-Y4M27-J84CP-Q3VJ9 >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk D2N9P-3P6X9-2R39C-7RTCD-MDVJX >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk JCKRF-N37P4-C2D82-9YXRT-4M63B >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk WC2BQ-8NRM3-FDDYY-2BFGV-KHKQY >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk CB7KF-BWN84-R7R2Y-793K2-8XDDG >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk WVDHN-86M7X-466P6-VHXV7-YY726 >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk N69G4-B89J2-4G8F4-WWYCC-J464C >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk WMDGN-G9PQG-XVVXX-R3X43-63DFG >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk DPCNP-XQFKJ-BJF7R-FRC8D-GF6G4 >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk 6Y6KB-N82V8-D8CQV-23MJW-BWTG6 >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk PTXN8-JFHJM-4WC78-MPCBR-9W4KR >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk 2HXDN-KRXHB-GPYC7-YCKFJ-7FVDG >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk N2KJX-J94YW-TQVFB-DG9YT-724CC >nul||cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk 6NMRW-2C8FM-D24W7-TQWMY-CWH2D >nul||goto notsupported
:skms
if %i% GTR 10 goto busy
if %i% EQU 1 set KMS=kms7.MSGuides.com
if %i% EQU 2 set KMS=s8.now.im
if %i% EQU 3 set KMS=s9.now.im
if %i% GTR 3 goto ato
cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /skms %KMS%:1688 >nul
:ato
echo ============================================================================&echo.&echo.&cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ato | find /i "successfully" && (echo.&echo ============================================================================&echo.&echo #My official blog: MSGuides.com&echo.&echo #How it works: bit.ly/kms-server&echo.&echo #Please feel free to contact me at msguides.com@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns.&echo.&echo #Please consider supporting this project: donate.msguides.com&echo #Your support is helping me keep my servers running 24/7!&echo.&echo ============================================================================&choice /n /c YN /m "Would you like to visit my blog [Y,N]?" & if errorlevel 2 exit) || (echo The connection to my KMS server failed! Trying to connect to another one... & echo Please wait... & echo. & echo. & set /a i+=1 & goto skms)
explorer "http://MSGuides.com"&goto halt
:notsupported
echo ============================================================================&echo.&echo Sorry, your version is not supported.&echo.&goto halt
:busy
echo ============================================================================&echo.&echo Sorry, the server is busy and can't respond to your request. Please try again.&echo.
:halt
pause >nul
Create a new text document
Create a new text document
Save batch script
Save batch script

Step 2. Save the text file as a batch file with .cmd extension. (Eg run.cmd)

Set name of the batch script
Set name of the batch script

Step 3. Run the batch file with admin rights.

Execute the batch script as admin
Execute the batch script as admin
Windows Server is activated successfully
Windows Server is activated successfully

Finally, check activation status of your server again.

Check out Windows Server activation status
Check out Windows Server activation status

If you would have any questions or concerns, please leave your comments. I would be glad to explain in more details. Thank you so much for all your feedback and support!

Who am I ?
I am Guang, a freelancer and a blogger. I'm currently managing KMS system, MSGuides blog and 2 tech Youtube channels.

92 thoughts on “Activating all versions of Windows Server without a product key”

  1. I tried running the batch script to activate windows server 2022 standard and got an error ” Sorry, your version is not supported”

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  2. Hi Sir,

    Method 1 is ok and it shows the expiration date is 2022.03.22. Is it possible to run Method 1 again before the expire date on 2022?

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  3. Hello,
    how about Windows Server 2019 Enterprise Edition?
    Is there a way to get a free key for my dedicated Server?
    Thanks in advance!

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  4. THANK YOU BROTHER FOR ACTIVATING MY MS OFFICE 2016, I CAME HERE FROM YOUR CMD COMMAND( DO YOU WANT TO VISIT MY BLOG Y/N)

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  5. I was trying to activate Server 2019 Standard in a virtual machine this weekend, and on trying to enter the license key I got an error code of β€œ0x80070032β€³ which wasn’t very helpful. This led onto trying to use slrmgr -ipk to install the license key, which also failed with ” On a computer running Microsoft Windows non-core edition, run β€˜slui.exe 0x2a 0xC004F069’ to display the error text””

    This can be worked around by using two DISM commands.

    Open an elevated command prompt, and type (or copy) DISM.exe /Online /Get-TargetEditions

    Then enter DISM /online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /ProductKey:ENTER-YOUR-SERIAL-KEY-HERE /AcceptEula

    It may get stuck on the 10% mark for a few minutes, but after that it will proceed and install the key. The machine will then require a reboot and be activated.

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    1. This worked perfectly on my copy of Server 2019 Standard, rebooted and followed the guide and activated first time.

      Thanks for taking the time to post this!

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    1. For Datacenter edition, you need to replace the product key in the first command with the datacenter key as below:
      slmgr /ipk CB7KF-BWN84-R7R2Y-793K2-8XDDG

      this is for Windows Server 2016 Datacenter

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  6. To make this work now you have to format the kms server name as follows
    kms9.msguides.com:1688 (1688 is the port number that needed to be specified to get a connection the old method did not work anymore using only the hostname without port number)

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    1. yes, if no internet connect, Microsoft won’t install any update.

      Safe to have internet connect all the time.

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