This article is written for those who were searching for a detailed and simple for the understanding guide on how to install Windows Server 2016.

You will need to check system requirements and Microsoft server application compatibility before starting the installation.

Download the appropriate ISO file from the Microsoft web site.

To trigger the installation process, perform the following:

  • Put the Windows DVD into your DVD drive or insert the USB stick or other install media.
  • Restart your computer.

Most computers will automatically boot from USB or DVD, though in some cases this is disabled to improve boot times. If you don’t see the boot message and the “Welcome” screen which should appear after it, you will need to set your computer to boot from the install media.

There should be an on-screen message when the computer starts telling you what key to press for settings or a boot menu. Depending on the manufacturer, this could be Escape, F2, F10 or F12. Restart your computer and hold down this key until the boot menu appears, then select the drive with the Windows install media.

After a few moments, you should see the installer that will display a menu asking you to select the preferred language.

Select the language you wish to use and click on “Next”.

Start the installation by clicking on “Install now”.

On the next screen, you will have the possibility to choose the edition and install mode. The default option will install the server in core mode and “Desktop Experience” installs the full Windows graphical environment.

Select the Windows Server 2016 edition and install mode that you wish to use and click on “Next”.

Read the license agreement information.

Select “I accept the license terms” if you agree to the license terms, and then click on “Next”.

Select “Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)” to continue.

On the next screen select the unallocated space where you want to install the operating system and click on “New” to create a partition.

Use the “Load Driver” button if your disk does not appear and you have driver files from the manufacturer.

In the “Size” box, enter or select the size of the partition in MB, and then click on “Apply”.

Next, you will see a notice that Windows can create additional partitions for system files.

Click on “OK” to continue.

Select the partition where you want to install the operating system and click on “Next” to continue.

On the next screen, you will see how the installation of the Windows Server 2016 starts.

After some time you will notice that Windows needs to restart to continue.

Click on “Restart now” or wait for an automatic restart.

Enter the administrator password, and reenter to confirm the password, and then click on “Finish”.

Welcome to Windows Server 2016!

Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to log in to the system.

Type the administrator password, and then press “Enter”.

If the server connected to a network you will have a possibility to make it discoverable by other PCs and devices.

Select needed options for your server by clicking on “Yes” or “No”.

The server is ready to use.

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