How to reset a terminal service temp license

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How to reset a terminal service temp license
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The Terminal Services in the Windows 2000 and Windows 2003 operating systems operate much like the Remote Desktop services found in later versions of the Windows OS. Unlike the Remote Desktop, however, a user needs to purchase a license to use the Terminal Services. If a user wants, he has the option of resetting a Terminal Services license.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Exit the Terminal Services licensing tool.

  2. 2

    Quit the Terminal Services Licensing service.

  3. 3

    Locate the "LServer" folder under "Winnt\System32" and rename it "LServerold."

  4. 4

    Create a new "LServer" folder under Winnt\System32.

  5. 5

    Restart the Terminal Services Licensing service.

Tips and warnings

  • After using this process, a user may need to contact the Licensing Clearinghouse to get key packs reissued.

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