Extend evaluation period of Windows Server 2008 R2


Here I am for you guys with a small but very useful post. Many of us are using evaluation products from (Great, Awesome & Super) Microsoft including Windows Server 2008 R2. The evaluation period is normally for 60-90 days and once it gets expired and if you are still using it then you may face charges against illegal use of the product.

However, there is an option which is given by Microsoft through which you can extend your grace period by another 60 days.

  1. Click Start, and then click Command Prompt.
  2. Type slmgr.vbs -dli, and then press ENTER to check the current status of your evaluation period.
  3. To reset the evaluation period, type slmgr.vbs –rearm, and then press ENTER.
  4. Wait for a confirmation Window to show up.
  5. Restart the computer.

You can do it 3 times and get a total of 240 days :)

Thank you Microsoft.

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