Question about product key after windows inplace upgrade

Copper Contributor

Good morning,

 I have a windows server 2012R2 Standard license:

with related product key


System is ok and active, all goes fine.
I am now attempting to do an inplace upgrade to Windows 2019 server Standard, as the license should also be valid for this product.


The inplace upgrade process goes fine but at the end Windows 2019 server is not activated.

If I try to activate it, the PRODUCT KEY (of WIN SRV2012R2) is considered invalid:


I also tried with this command:


DISM /online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /ProduckKey:XXXXXXXXX /AcceptEula


but I catch an error:

ERROR: 87 (invalid product key).


What I'm missing?

Is not possibile to do an inplace upgrade from 2012R2 to 2019 with ROK license?


Thank you...

1 Reply

Server 2012 R2 and Server 2019 are different product SKUs. You'll need a valid Server 2019 product key in order to activate Server 2019.