I have a very weird problem. I purchased a Dell ML350 with Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition. I originally activated it when I first was starting to set it up and everything seemed fine. Then about 3 months later I noticed in the bottom right hand corner "Activate Windows go to System in Control Panel to activate windows". When I do this it says the Windows is not activated and Product ID not available. So, after probably 12 hours of phone support with Dell and Microsoft, Dell finally said that I would need to re-install the OS. However, I have had programs installed by other companies and it would cost me more money to install these programs again. Not to mention the fact that the company can't be without the server for that length of time. The server is running fine. When we talked to Microsoft, they had confirmed that the server had indeed been activated but I can't get the server to recognize the activation. I believe that there has to be some solution. One of the things that Dell could not fix was the Software Protection Service will not start and this seems to be part of the problem. They say that without this service, the OS can't activate. I am interested if anybody on this forum has experienced this before or has any advice? Thanks!