Windows Server is a popular operating system for servers, but there may be situations where you need to reset the license. This can happen if you need to transfer the license to a different server, or if you’ve exceeded the activation limit for a specific license key. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the steps to reset the license on Windows Server 2019.
Step 1: Open Command Prompt The first step is to open Command Prompt on your Windows Server. You can do this by following these steps:
Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
Type “cmd” and press Enter.
Step 2: Stop the Software Protection Service In Command Prompt, type the following command and press Enter:
net stop sppsvc
This will stop the Software Protection Service, which is responsible for managing Windows activation.
Step 3: Rename Tokens.dat file Next, navigate to the following directory in File Explorer:
You should see a file called “tokens.dat”. Rename this file to “tokens.bak”.
Step 4: Restart the Software Protection Service In Command Prompt, type the following command and press Enter:
net start sppsvc
This will restart the Software Protection Service.
Step 5: Activate Windows Server Now that you’ve reset the license, you need to activate Windows Server again. To do this, follow these steps:
- Open the Start menu and click on “Settings”.
- Click on “Update & Security”.
- Click on “Activation”.
- Click on “Change product key”.
- Enter the product key for your Windows Server license and click on “Next”.
- Follow the prompts to activate Windows Server.
If you don’t have a product key, you can purchase one from Microsoft or a licensed reseller.
In conclusion, resetting the license on Windows Server 2019 can be a useful solution in certain situations. By following these steps, you can reset the license and activate Windows Server again with a new or existing product key.