SQL Server: Upgrade SQL Server 2012 Edition

Guide to upgrade SQL Server 2012 Edition

Note: Evaluation Edition can be upgraded into Full Version.

How to check SQL Server Edition

S1-1. Open Registry Editor (regedit.exe)

S1-2. Navigate to the following key:

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server\<INSTANCE_NAME>\Setup

S1-3. View the value Edition


S1-4. For supported Edition Upgrade, read MSDN Supported Version and Edition Upgrades


How to Upgrade SQL Server Edition

S2-1. Run SQL Server 2012 Setup

S2-2. Select Maintenance –> Edition Upgrade


S2-3. Click Next to Product Key Wizard.

Select Enter the product key and enter your valid product key.


S2-4. If the status shows Succeeded, the edition upgrade is completed.


S2-5. To verify the upgraded edition, navigate to the following registry key:

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server\<INSTANCE_NAME>\Setup

Check value Edition

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