Microsoft has released a new build 26040 of upcoming Windows Server 2025, and we can actually say that its name will be Windows Server 2025. (previously called vNEXT). Also, Microsoft updated the Windows Setup experience that was introduced way back in Windows Vista. Now, when you download the latest Windows 11 Canary build, 26040 or Windows Server 2025, you'll see different setup screens. Note, it still says vNEXT on the download page…
“Windows Server vNext LTSC Preview – Build 26040 English” , but when you click the “about” or type “winver” in the command prompt, it shows Windows Server 2025!
The Installation assistant does not looks the same.
Example of the updated Setup Assistant:
While it does accept the first screen by clicking the “I don't have a product key”,
and the EULA
That things looks much different….
After the installer finishes, you'll get to this page where at the first look, one might think that you'll have to enter the key for the edition you have downloaded.
But no, you can click the “Do it later” link to continue to the next page where you'll be asked to accept the EULA.
Otherwise you can't continue further and clicking the NEXT button does not get you through…
The keys are freely available on this page here.
Keys: Keys are valid for preview builds only
- Server Standard: MFY9F-XBN2F-TYFMP-CCV49-RMYVH
- Datacenter: 2KNJJ-33Y9H-2GXGX-KMQWH-G6H67
- Azure Edition does not accept a key
Windows Server 2025 is the next generation of Microsoft’s server operating system, and it brings many new features and improvements for server administrators and developers. Whether you are looking for better performance and security, or more user experience and productivity, Windows Server 2025 has something for you.. It's more and more clear that after the release it will become the most popular Windows Server system to work with. But the release is still long time ahead…. So wait.
Windows Server 2025
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