Install Windows Server 2016 with GUI (Desktop Experience)

In today’s article, we will see a typical installation of Windows Server 2016 Desktop Experience, the ‘full’ version including the graphical user interface (GUI).

Before the installation

I mention the following for typical reasons as it is not self-evident for everyone.

Install Windows Server 2016 with GUI (Desktop Experience)

Select Language, Time, and keyboard language and click Next to continue.

Install Windows Server 2016 with GUI (Desktop Experience)

Click the Install now button to continue.

Install Windows Server 2016 with GUI (Desktop Experience)

Here, select the version of Windows Server 2016 you are about to install. What you need to keep in mind is selecting the Desktop Experience version, which means the version with the graphical interface will be installed.

Install Windows Server 2016 with GUI (Desktop Experience)

Accept the terms of use by selecting I accept license terms option and click Next to continue.

Install Windows Server 2016 with GUI (Desktop Experience)

Since it is a clean installation rather than upgrading a previous version, click Custom: Install Windows only (advanced).

Install Windows Server 2016 with GUI (Desktop Experience)

Select the disk to be installed in Windows Server 2016. At this point, you can create different partitions as well as load the respective drivers for the drives as long as required by the manufacturer. In a typical installation, you do not have to do anything more than simply selecting the disk.

Install Windows Server 2016 with GUI (Desktop Experience)

The installation of Windows Server 2016 is in progress. You will have to wait a few minutes.

Install Windows Server 2016 with GUI (Desktop Experience)

After restarting the server, you will be prompted to type the local administrator account password. Ensure that the password meets the basic complexity requirements.

Install Windows Server 2016 with GUI (Desktop Experience)

Immediately after, the last actions will be performed and you will be ready to use Windows Server 2016. As you can see, by pressing the Ctrl + Alt + Delete key you can connect to the local administrator account you created in the previous step.

Install Windows Server 2016 with GUI (Desktop Experience)

That’s it!

After you’ve finished installing Windows Server 2016, you can go ahead with some of the basic settings you’ll need to do first. Indicatively, the most common are:

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My name is Dimitris Tonias, IT Pro, G(r)eek, focused on Server, Virtualization, and Cloud technologies.

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