Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 evaluation version

Summary

This article discusses the Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, and Windows 7 evaluation versions that are available for download from the following Microsoft TechNet website:

Windows Server 2008 R2: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd459137.aspx

Windows 7: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/cc442495

Windows Server 2008 R2 versions that are available for download:

  • Standard
  • Enterprise
  • Datacenter
  • Web

Windows 7 versions that are available for download:

  • Enterprise

Windows Server 2008 R2 platforms and languages that are available:

  • x64 edition: Chinese (simplified), English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish
  • Itanium edition: English, German, French, and Japanese

Windows 7 platforms and languages that are available:

  • X64 edition:  English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish
  • X86 edition:  English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish

Features of the evaluation version:

  • Grace Period (to activate): 10 days
  • Evaluation period for Windows Server 2008 R2: 180 days
  • Evaluation period for Windows 7 Enterprise:  90 days
  • Product key: None required during setup
  • Activation methods: Internet only (telephone activation is not available)
  • Rearms: 5

More Information

Question: How can I tell whether I'm running the evaluation version?

Answer: This depends on whether you have already activated Windows.

If you are still in the 10-day grace period, use one of the following methods:

  • At an elevated command prompt, run the following command: 

slmgr.vbs /dlv

Note This command displays the following information:

Description: Windows Operating System - Windows Server(R), TIMEBASED_EVAL channel

or

Description:  Windows Operating system - Windows(R) 7, TIMEBASED_EVAL channel

  • Click Start, right-click Computer, and then clickProperties.

    Note This displays the following information:

X days to activate

If you have already activated Windows, use one of the following methods:

  • Click Start, click Run, and then type winver.

Note If you are running the evaluation version, theAbout Windows dialog box displays "Evaluation version."

  • Click Start, right-click Computer, and then clickProperties.

Note If you are running the evaluation version, the system properties windows displays the following:

Your Windows license is valid for XXX days 

Note The existence of the Windows License Monitoring Service as one of the services on Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7 machines means that this is Evaluation Media. The Windows Licensing Monitoring Service (WLMS) exists only on the evaluation version of Windows Server 2008 R2 or evaluation version of Windows 7.

Question: Do the Microsoft Software License Terms indicate that this is an evaluation version?
Answer: Yes, the Microsoft Software License Terms do indicate that this is time-sensitive software. 

Question: Can you convert the evaluation version to a full version?
Answer: Although this conversion is not blocked, we do not support an upgrade from an evaluation version to a full version or changing the product key to a full version key. Since there is no support for any type of upgrade you must do a install to new directory using non-evaluation media. If you change the product key to Full Version, the visual evaluation references in Winver and as displayed in Slmgr /DLV output are removed, but the WLMS service remains on the system and the media retains its evaluation status.

Question: What happens if I do not activate the product within the 10-day grace period?
Answer
: If you do not activate the product before the grace period expires, you experience the following:

  • Windows changes the desktop wallpaper to a solid black background.
  • A watermark appears in the lower-right corner of the desktop together with the following warnings: 

    Windows license is expired
    This copy of Windows is not genuine

  • When you log on to Windows, you are prompted to choose one of the following options: 

    Activate now
    Ask me later

Question: Can I reset the 10-day grace period if I cannot successfully activate?
Answer: The following command resets the grace period:

slmgr.vbs /rearm 

QuestionWhat happens when the 180-day evaluation period expires?
Answer: When the evaluation period expires, you experience the following:

  • Windows changes the desktop wallpaper to a solid black background.
  • A watermark appears in the lower-right corner of the desktop together with the following warnings:

Windows license is expired
This copy of Windows is not genuine

  • When you log on to Windows, you are prompted with the following options:

    Activate now
    Ask me later

  • The system shuts down every hour.
  • The following event ID is logged in the Application log:

Log Name:   Application
Source:       WLMS
Event ID:     100
Description: The license period for this installation of Windows has expired. The operating system will shut down every hour.  

Question: What happens after I activate the product?
Answer: After you activate the product, a watermark is displayed on the desktop together with the following message: "Windows license valid forXXX days." On the last day of the evaluation period, the text counts down hourly before the computer automatically restarts.

Question: Do I have to use an evaluation version to evaluate Windows?
Answer: Depending on your support agreements with Microsoft, you may be able to use a regular volume license version of Windows instead of an evaluation version to evaluate the product. Do this would negate any issues that would otherwise apply when you convert to a full production version of Windows. 

Question: Can you boot to safe mode or other advanced boot options?
Answer: No. Safe mode does not run the SPPSVC service which the evaluation version requires to be running.

Microsoft Internal Support Information

Windows Server 2008 R2 ISO name

  • English Version RTM ISO name: 7600.16385.090713-1255_x64fre_server_eval_en-us-GRMSXEVAL_EN_DVD.iso
  • English Version SP1 ISO name: 7601.17514.101119-1850_x64fre_server_eval_en-us-GRMSXEVAL_EN_DVD.iso

Windows Server 2008 R2 Volume labels

  • Volume label of evaluation media when viewed in my computer: GRMSXEVAL_EN_DVD
  • Volume label of standard VL media when viewed in my computer: GRMSXVOL_EN_DVD

Windows 7 ISO name

  • English Version RTM ISO Name(X64): 7600.16385.090713-1255_x64fre_enterprise_en-us_EVAL_Eval_Enterprise-GRMCENXEVAL_EN_DVD.iso
  • English Version RTM ISO Name(X86):  7600.16385.090713-1255_x86fre_enterprise_en-us_EVAL_Eval_Enterprise-GRMCENEVAL_EN_DVD.iso

Windows 7 Volume Labels

  • Volume label of evaluation media when viewed in my computer:  GRMCENEVAL_EN_DVD
  • Volume label of standard VL media when viewed in my computer:  GRMCENVOL_EN_DVD

 

Notes

  • Entering a key to convert to a full version is not blocked. The system accepts any valid key from any channel that is supported by the edition. 
  • The evaluation version has the Windows License Monitoring Service (WLMS). This service is responsible for restarting the server. This service is not removed, and this is one of the reasons why converting to a different key is not supported. 
  • If a key is used to convert to a full version, the system seem to work normally. If the system is inactivated for any reason, the WLMS service may restart the server every hour. 
  • For example, if you install a KMS client setup key and then activate via a KMS host, the system would display the same as any other full version of Windows. You would see no indicator in the slmgr.vbs /dlv output or in Winver. However, the existence of the WLMS service would be an indication that evaluation media was used to install the operating system.
  • If this is a new installation of Windows (not a sysprep image), you can review the Windows\panther\setupact.log. The log will contain an entry that resembles the following: GetVolumePath - D:\sources\install.wim-- D:\-- GRMSXEVAL_EN_DVD,-- 1984707288.  Booting into OOBE after deploying the image would overwrite the setupact.log file, so you can't review this post deployment of the image. If you have a method to mount the image(.WIM) prior to deployment, the setupact.log file should contain this information. 
  • As of the publication of this article, it might be possible to extend the grace period by running theslmgr.vbs /rearm command. However, this command is intended to extend only the grace period, not the evaluation period. In theory, the grace period could be extended up to five times.


 

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