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Why does Microsoft keep breaking my WHS 2011?

I have a legitimate oem copy of WHS 2011, installed on an HP Proliant Microserver. Every now and then I get a message that it is not a legitimate copy and the original validation link fails, I assume because MS has ended support for it. It also seems to have received an update somewhere along the way which flags it as Server 2008, which is what I assume WHS 2011 was built on. I have previously driven myself half mad trying to find a UK MS support number, is there any known way to resolve this and prevent it from reoccurring?

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KarlieWeng-MSFT answered ·

Hello @fedupwithit-4255

WHS 2011 was a fairly reliable home server built on Server 2008 R2. For a Windows operating system (especially a server OS), it was extremely cheap at launch (just $99 for up to 10 clients). However, it has since been discontinued. And therefore no license keys being generated in the future. If you find that you still need a home server, you'll need to shell out some money on a Server Essentials OS. Otherwise, most people could just get by with using Windows 10 these days.

Windows Home Server 2011 will remain available as an OEM embedded product until December 31, 2025, and will remain available in all other current channels until December 31, 2013


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Karlie


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I don't need a new license key, I just want my legal existing key to be revalidated.

The page or server that the activation link used to point to has been either moved or removed by MS.

Also, I came here looking for a solution, not a sales pitch, or a description of the OS I've had installed since 2012 and using happily till MS updates broke it. So your answer is not particularly helpful.

If I do decide to retire it, it will certainly not be with another MS product.

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Hi @fedupwithit-4255

Sorry I didn't mean to sale any Ms product, my apologize to cause this misunderstanding. There're really less info about WHS now, we could only provide some general info.
If my answer isn't helpful. Maybe you could contact particular Microsoft Support.

And sorry again our product didn't make you satisfied, we will inform our product team to pay more attention about this.

Have a nice day ! :)

Best Regards
Karlie

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