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Downgrade Windows Server 2016 OEM to 2012 and Activate

How can we downgrade OEM Windows Server 2016 Standard to Windows Server 2012 Standard?


Generally you can downgrade using a media & product key you/the customer already owns, for OEM licenses Microsoft will not provide any media or keys to facilitate the downgrade.


You can of course reuse a key which was used for another server already - in case the online activation does not work, you can contact activation hotline via phone and mention that you are doing a downgrade.

If the customer does not have Windows Server 2012 media or keys already, then the better option is to sell Windows Server licenses via Voume licensing since for VL customer media & keys will be provided for N-2 Versions (So currently Server 2016 and 2012 R2).




Kind regards, Janosch
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Good day @kreshnikhasani ,


You might want to address this with the Tech Community for details here: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-Server/ct-p/Windows-Server

Also this document talks about the downgrading rights.


Hope this helps,