Need help activating Windows Server 2003

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by vaginalfart3000, Oct 19, 2020.

  1. vaginalfart3000

    vaginalfart3000 MDL Novice

    Jun 13, 2020
    Hi guys, thanks for reading. I downloaded
    Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard SP2 x64 - Volume License
    but can't find how to activate it. I'm currently in the 30 day grace period. I've searched and tried keys, SLP keys but nothing. This is new to me, I've been spoiled by KMS_VL_ALL but it doesn't support 2003.

    Any help much appreciated.
  2. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

    Dec 21, 2012
    As far as I know, if you truly used Server 2003 R2 VL media and a matching VL product key, you should be already activated. T'was the beauty of XP/Server 2003 activation, VL media ("Corporate") and VL key means being instantly activated without contacting MS servers.

    As you are in 30 days grace, you probably used Retail or OEM installation media. Switching licensing channels through the product key alone is only possible with Vista/Server 2008 and above.