How to install Windows Server 2016

How to install Windows Server 2016 this is what we are going to install today. The first step is to download Windows 2016. Microsoft’s website contains an evaluation section, where you can download the operation system, and more, for tests. You will have to register but here is the link for downloading the Windows server 2016 evaluate version.

Windows server 2016 evaluate center
Windows Server 2016 evaluate center

On the evaluate center page, make sure you are selecting Windows Server 2016. Select the ISO option and press continue.

Windows Server 2016 evaluate center registration
Windows Server 2016 evaluate center registration

 

Registration is needed to actually download the ISO file from Microsoft. Please fill in the needed information to continue to the next step. Once finish, download your evaluation Windows Server 2016 ISO file.

How to install Windows Server 2016?

For the purpose of this guide, I am using a VMware workstation to create a system for the installation. I am using the default VM settings. Just set your CDROM as the ISO file you just downloaded from Microsoft Site.

Windows Server 2016 Start Up
Windows Server 2016 Start Up

Please note this message. When you boot your system, you need to press any key for the boot to start from the CD/DVD. Just press on any key and Windows Server 2016 installation will start.

Windows Server 2016 Preferences
Windows Server 2016 Preferences

Time to select your preferences. Set installation language, time and currency, and keyboard. Once selected press Next to continue.

Windows Server 2016 Install Now
Windows Server 2016 Install Now

The Windows Server 2016 setup is ready, we can press Install now to start the installation.

Windows Server 2016 Standard Desktop
Windows Server 2016 Standard Desktop

For this guide, I am using the Windows Server 2016 standard desktop version. It is easier to use a desktop – GUI – version. Please select the version you need and press Next to continue.

Windows Server 2016 License
Windows Server 2016 License

Read carefully the license terms. If you are agreeing to them, mark the I accept the license term and press the Next button to continue. If not, please exit the installation.

Windows Server 2016 Installation Type
Windows Server 2016 Installation Type

 

Time to select the Windows Server 2016 installation type. Note that this guide is for a new installation. Select the second option – Custom: Install Windows only (advanced) for installing a new version of windows.

Windows Server 2016 Where To Install
Windows Server 2016 Where To Install

We only have one hard disk, for this guide, as we are using VMware. Select the first drive and press the Next button to continue.

Windows Server 2016 Installing Windows
Windows Server 2016 Installing Windows

Now you can see the installation progress. Note that this may take some time, depending on your system.

Windows Server 2016 Restart Needed
Windows Server 2016 Restart Needed

Once the above Windows installation is done you will see a restart needed screen. That will automatically restart the system in 10 seconds. You can press the Restart now button if you do not want to wait 10 seconds.

Windows 2016 server installation finish

 

Windows Server 2016 Administrator Password
Windows Server 2016 Administrator Password

After the system restart, you will be asked to provide a password for the Administrator user. Please type in a password and then retype the password. Once done press the Finish button to continue.

Windows Server 2016 Lock Screen
Windows Server 2016 Lock Screen

Now you can log into your Windows Server 2016 system. Press CTRL + ALT + DEL, on WVmare you can use CTRL +ALT + INSERT or pressing the send CTRL + ALT + DEL to the system – in yellow.

VMware ctrl alt del button
VMware ctrl alt del button

 

Windows Server 2016 Administrator Login
Windows Server 2016 Administrator Login

After pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL you will see the above screen where you can use your newly created Administrator password to login into the system. Type in the Administrator password and press enter to log in.

Windows Server 2016 Welcome
Windows Server 2016 Welcome

 

Windows Server 2016 is ready, welcome to the system. You can start using the system. As a recommendation, the first step will be to use Windows Update to make sure you are installing the latest security patches for the system. If you are using the system on a VMware environment, like me, you should first install the VMware Tool on the system.

This ends our Windows Server 2016 installation guide. Hope it helps you with the installation. If you have any comments or questions you are more than welcome to use our contact page.

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