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Installation of Windows Server 2016 (Step by Step Tutorial)

This article is a part of the Windows Server 2016 Tutorials series. In the previous article, we discussed that Windows Server 2016 is available in 3 editions (Essentials, Standard and Datacenter ). If you don’t know much more about Windows Server then Please visit Introduction to Windows Server 2016. Now we will move forward and see requirements and Prerequisites for Windows Server 2016 and then discuss the Installation of Windows Server 2016 Step by Step on your Machine. 


Windows Server is a type of operating system that runs on Microsoft’s x86-based hardware. It provides services that allow users to access applications and data over networks. Windows Server is designed to provide network services to clients using TCP/IP protocols.

Minimal System Requirements

Although most Servers nowadays probably have the necessary requirements for Windows Server 2016. It is very helpful for us to know the System requirements when we are upgrading from an older System.

The Main Requirements for Windows Server 2016 are 

  • CPU Socket minimum 1.4 GHz (64-bit Processor) 
  • RAM Memory minimum is 512 MB, but Microsoft recommenced 8 GB
  • Minimum 32 GB Disk Space Requirement
  • Network: Gigabit (10/100/1000baseT) Ethernet adapter
  • Optical Storage: DVD drive (if installing the OS from DVD media)
  • Video: Super VGA (1024 x 768) or higher-resolution (optional)
  • Input Devices: Keyboard and mouse (optional)
  • Internet: Broadband access (optional)

Note that if you start the installation in a System where the hardware requirements are not up to the point then it will prompt that Hardware requirements are not fulfilled, or the Installation will not Start.

Windows Server 2016 Installation Steps 

These are the Steps for Installing Windows Server 2016 in your System:

Step 1. For Installing Windows Server we need a Bootable USB Drive so that we can Install Windows Server in our System, but to create a Bootable USB Drive we need an ISO image of Windows Server 2016. We can Download the Evaluation ISO of Windows Server 2016 from the following link.  ISO Image Link.

It is the Official Link to Microsoft Website for downloading the windows server 2016 ISO image. Here you need to sign in first with a Microsoft account like outlook or Hotmail in order to complete the download. The good thing about this is that the evaluation period will last for 180 days. This is enough time for you to know whether this will be the right product for you or not.

In the end, if you decided to buy the license of Windows Server 2016. You can purchase it online via a Microsoft online store. BUY LICENSE OF WINDOWS SERVER 2016.

Step 2. After downloading the ISO image from the above step, we will now create a Bootable USB Drive using a Microsoft tool called Windows USB/DVD  Download Tool which can be downloaded from this link. WINDOWS USB/DVD DOWNLOAD TOOL.

After downloading the tool from the above link, Open it and Select the ISO File Location and then click Next, and wait for it to Finish the Process. After this step, we have the Bootable USB Drive for Windows Server 2016.

Step 3. After creating the Bootable USB Drive of Windows Server 2016 from the above steps, Plug the USB into your System and wait for a while till it loads the files. Now after some time, we will see a Windows like this.

Step 4. After all the files are loaded, we will see the screen where we have to choose the Language, time format, and Keyboard Settings. Leave all these as Default and Click ” Next “.

Step 5. Now click on ” Install Now”.

Step 6. Once we click on the Install now button, the setup will start and it will load all the setup files and the screen will look as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 7. Wait for the next Screen and then we will see the following screen. Here we have 2 Different Installation options for Windows Server 2016. Let’s Select “Windows Server 2016 Datacenter (Desktop Experience) ” and click Next.

Step 8. Now on the next screen, click on “I accept the license terms” and then click on the Next button as shown below.

Step 9. Select Custom Installation as it is a new Installation. 

 Step 10. Now a screen display asks where we want to install windows. Here you can create a new partition, delete a partition, or format the hard disk. After you have done this process then you can select the drive partition where you want to install Windows Server 2016. In our case, we have one partition. Once all set. Click on Next.

Step 11. Now just wait until the process will finish. and then the server will automatically reboot.

Step 12. Once the reboot is done on the server, you will see the following screen. Here choose the password for the Windows server and then click on “Finish”.

Step 13. It will take some minutes. wait for it to finish.

Step 14. Once all is done, you have completed the installation process and the following screen will appear.

Congratulations! finally, we have Successfully installed Windows Server 2016 in our System. In the next Part, we will discuss some Basic Configurations of Windows Server 2016.

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So this guide is all about how you can install Windows Server 2016. With these Steps, you can Install Windows Server 2016 on your system and after that, you can run the operations you want. Hope you like this cool trick, do share this trick with others too. Leave a comment below if you have any related queries about this.

Piyush Kumawat

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