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Installing Windows Server 2016 – Server Core

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Installing Windows Server 2016 – Server Core

In this post, we will be Installing Windows Server 2016 (Server Core). When you install Windows Server 2016 using setup wizard, you will asked to choose between Server Core and Server with Desktop Experience.

Actually Server with Desktop Experience is full Windows setup like previous versions, just have Desktop Experience feature installed. If no option is selected, then by default Server Core will be installed.

Server Core uses less disk and resources, also reduces the chance of attacks, and importantly reduces the servicing requirements. Server Core cannot be converted into Server with Desktop Experience after installation.

We will be performing clean installation here. It is up to you to choose physical server or virtual environment for installation.

Follow below procedure to Install Server Core 2016

  1. Start your physical Server or Virtual Machine
  2. Insert or Mount Windows Server 2016 installation media
  3. Let your server boots with Windows Installation media
  4. When Windows setup page appears, select your language, time format and keyboard type and click Next
  5. Click on Install Now button to start windows installation
  6. Select the required version of windows to be installed and Click Next
  7. Accept the License terms and click Next
  8. Select the Custom: Install Windows only (advanced) option for clean installation.
  9. Select hard drive that you want to install the windows server on and Click on New button to create Logical Drive. Enter appropriate Hard Disk size and click Apply
  10. Click on Next Button to start Windows Server installation.
  11. System starts coping all the files to hard drive. It may restart several times to complete installation.
  12. After windows is successfully installed, you will be prompted for change the password. Press Enter to change password and Choose complex password.step6
  13. Press Enter after you have entered the password twice. By Default username is Administrator
  14. Press Enter button to sign in the Windows.


To Conclude, We’ve installed the Windows Server 2016 successfully and is ready to be used. To change the edition, you have to do the clean installation again. Now you can install server roles and features as required.

You can also view the post for Installing Windows Server 2016 (Server with Desktop Experience)

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Comments: 1

  1. cracktower says:

    Windows Server 2016 has come up with multiple new features and fixed the previously reported and tested bugs. We are going to discuss its features one by one. If we talk about the security of windows server, then they pre-installed the anti-malware software.

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