Windows Server 2016 Step by Step

Windows Server 2016 hasn’t been released to the public for production yet. A technical preview version was released in November last year. if you want to learn what’s new and how to download the Window  server 2016 technical preview ISO image, please look at this post What’s new in Windows Server 2016

In this tutorial, I will go through the installation of Windows Server 2016 using my PC.

Minimum requirements

To successfully complete the Windows Server 2016 installation you need a physical or virtual machine server with the following resources:

  • Processor Minimum: 1.4 GHz 64-bit processor
  • RAM Minimum: 512 MB
  • Storage Minimum 32GB
  • Access to the Internet  ( optional )

Windows Server 2016 Installation

Plug the Windows Server 2016 boot drive (DVD, USB) to the computer and boot your computer. When the Windows Setup page appears, select your language, time format and keyboard then click on Next button.


Just click Next and then click on Install in the following screen.


On the next screen, you are asked if you want to run Windows Server 2016 in Core mode ( no GUI ) or with a Desktop Experience. make your choice and click on Next ( for this tutorial I will install the full GUI experience )


Accept the license agreement on the next screen, and click on Next:


On the next screen choose between an upgrade or custom install. I am building this server from scratch, so I will select custom:


Select the drive where you want to install Windows Server 2016 on the following screen and click on Next:


The installation will begin. so far the Windows Server 2016 installation is not much different than Windows server 2012.


Customizing the server

after a couple of automatic reboots, you will be asked to enter a password for the built-in administrator account:

Windows 2016 login screen

Enter a password for the administrator account, and click on Finish, and boom, you get the logon screen.


Server Manager will launch after you have logged in.


Windows 10 Look and Feel.


That’s our Windows Server 2016 Standard (Desktop Experience) installation completed!


Finally, we’ve installed the Windows Server 2016 successfully and is ready to work. When Windows installed you can’t go back and for example, change the edition. If so, do the clean installation again.

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