[Solved] This edition cannot be upgraded error while upgrading to Windows server 2016 datacenter

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In this windows tutorial, I will explain how to resolve This edition cannot be upgraded error while upgrading to Windows server 2016 datacenter. As part of the SharePoint 2019 VM configuration, I was trying to activate the Windows Server 2016 data canter. But when I enter the product key, it gave error as This edition cannot be upgraded error like below:

This edition cannot be upgraded Windows server 2016 datacenter
This edition cannot be upgraded Windows server 2016 datacenter

Before we activate the Windows server with the key we have, we need to ensure that we are eligible for upgrading to full version. So, we will know the current and eligible versions of windows server with the below PowerShell commands.

DISM /online /Get-CurrentEdition

To know the possible target version of the windows server run the below PowerShell command,

DISM /online /Get-TargetEditions

Now that we know the target version, run the below PowerShell command to activate windows.

DISM /online /Set-Edition:ServerDatacenter /ProductKey:xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx /AcceptEula

DISM /online /Set-Edition:ServerDatacenter /ProductKey:
xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx /AcceptEula

This edition cannot be upgraded
This edition cannot be upgraded

Now our windows server is activates successfully !!! You can see below now the Windows edition is Windows Server 2016 datacenter.

This edition cannot be upgraded Windows server 2016 datacenter
This edition cannot be upgraded Windows server 2016 datacenter

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Hope this helps, enjoy your development and learning !!!

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About Krishna Vandanapu

I am Krishna.Vandanapu a SharePoint architect working in IT from last 13+ years, I worked in SharePoint 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 and Office 365. I have extensive hands on experience in customizing SharePoint sites from end to end. Expertise in SharePoint migration tools like Sharegate, Doc Ave and Metalogix. Migrated SharePoint sites from SharePoint 2007 to 2010 and 2010 to 2013 several times seamlessly. Implementing CSOM with Microsoft best practices. Spent quality time in configuring SharePoint application services like User Profile, Search, Managed Meta data services etc. Now exploring SharePoint Framework and SharePoint 2019

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