Install Windows Server 2012 R2 Step by Step

A step by step guide to install Windows Server 2012 R2.  Windows Server 2012 R2, was released along with Windows 8.1 in October 2013. A service pack, formally designated Windows Server 2012 R2 Update, was released in April 2014. Windows Server 2012 R2 offers exciting new features and enhancements across Virtualization, storage, networking, virtual desktop infrastructure, access and information protection, and more. This article is for those who are new in Windows Server 2012 R2.

To install Windows Server 2012 R2, you need DVD of Windows Server or Image. You can download from here and make a Bootable USB Flash drive. If you don’t know how to create a Bootable USB, read the article about How to Create a Bootable USB with Diskpart Command line Tool.

All you have to do now, Boot the system with DVD or USB. If the system ask you Press any key to boot…. just press enter and let Windows will boot.

Windows Loading
Windows Loading

In this page select the system language and click next.

Select Windows Language
Select Windows Language

Now Windows ask you weather to install it or do troubleshoot?  Click install now.

Install Windows now
Install Windows now

Now, choose which edition you want to install. Select Data Center with a GUI. This will install Windows Server with graphical interface.

Select Windows Server Editions
Select Windows Server Editions

Accept the Windows license agreements and click next.

Accept the license tearms
Accept the license terms

Select costume: Install Windows only  (Advanced). This will let you to install a clear Windows instead of upgrade the old Windows.

Custom Windows Install only
Custom Windows Install only

Now select the hard disk and click New to create a partition for System and Windows drive. Enter the size or capacity of Windows drive and click Apply button.

Where do you want to install Widnows.
Where do you want to install Widnows.

When ask you about to create a system reserved disk or additional partition for system files, click OK to create it.

To ensure that all Windows features work correctly
To ensure that all Windows features work correctly

Note: System partition is preserve Windows boot files and help Windows load speedy and work quickly.

Now select the you want to install Windows and click next.

Create partition
Create partition

Windows will start installation.

Start installing Windows
Start installing Windows

Wait until the installation will complete successfully.

Windows Installation Setting
Windows Installation Setting

At the end of installation set a complex password for administrator and press enter.

Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to sign in
Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to sign in

Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete and enter the administrator’s password to log in.

Windows Log in page
Windows Log in page

Now you must see the Windows Server 2012 R2.

Windows Server 2012 R2 with GUI
Windows Server 2012 R2 with GUI

Note: Installation of Windows Server 2012 R2 with a GUI and Server Core are the same but when you log in to Windows Server core, you will see only a black desktop with a opened command prompt.

Windows Server 2012 Core R2
Windows Server 2012 Core R2

OK, hop you learn and do install Windows Server to your own system without any problems.

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