If a Windows Server 2008 license become corrupted or an incorrect license was used, these steps will assist in removing the old license and installing a new one.
Note: Anything referenced as <reference> should be replaced with what is described between the <> symbols.
- Obtain the proper license key
- Open a Command Prompt as Administrator
- Execute the following commands one at a time:
slmgr.vbs -ipk <license_key_you_obtained>
slmgr.vbs - ato
- Reboot the server