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Installing Windows Server 2012 (step by step)

Installing Windows Server 2012 (step by step)

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Windows Server 2012, codenamed "Windows Server 8", is the sixth release of Windows Server. It is the server version of Windows 8 and succeeds Windows Server 2008 R2. Two pre-release versions, a developer preview and a beta version, were released during development. The software was generally available to customers starting on September 4, 2012.

In this easy step by step guide, we will learn how to install and activate Windows Server 2012.

Before you start make sure you have the minimum requirements to install Windows Server (Windows Server Requirements):

Processor: Minimum: 1.4 GHz 64-bit processor
Ram: Minimum: 512 MB
Disk Space: Minimum: 32 GB
Other requirements:

  • DVD drive
  • Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher-resolution monitor
  • Keyboard and Microsoft® mouse (or other compatible pointing device)
  • Internet access

 You can then download the evalution copy of Windows Server 2012 from here, Download the ISO and burn it to some DVD:


Now that we have everything we need, We can Start:

1- Insert the Windows Server 2012 DVD, and once you get the following message press Enter to boot from the setup

2- Wait for a while till the setup loads all necessary files (Depending on your machine, it will take couple of minutes)

 3- Once the setup files are loaded, the setup will start with the following screen. You can change these to meet your needs (the default values should be fine for now)

 4- Once you click Next, you can start the installation, click "Install now"

5- You will see the following screen, wait until it finishes loading

6- In the following setup screen, you will see four options. Select Windows Server 2012 DataCenter Evaluation (Server With GUI).

7- After you click Next from previous screen, Read the License terms, tick the "I accept the license terms" and click Next

8- Now It will ask you for the drive (or partition) you want to install Windows on. Here I'm installing it on the one partition I have here. NOTE: This will remove the content of the partition. Either you create a partition to install windows on, or you can test this on a testing machine

9- Now once we picked our partition, clicking on next from previous screen will start the setup. This process might take a while.

10- Once the setup is done, it will restart and start your Windows Server 2012 for the first time. It will ask you then to set up a password for the Administrator user

11- The setup will finalize your settings, might take a couple of minutes

12- Once the setup is done, you can log in for the first time to your Windows Server, as the screen says, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to log in, and use the password you set in the setup process

13 - Once you Log in, Windows Server 2012 will show the Server Manager



Congratulations! you have now Windows server 2012 Installed with Datacenter.

That wasn't hard, Where to go now?

- We have a great free video training (Windows Server 2012 Jump Start: Preparing for the Datacenter Evolution)

- Microsoft Virtual Academy, Great place to get a professional training and compete with other IT Pros from your country and around the world, Did I mention its FREE!

- Windows Server Certifications, Once you get the training you can test yourself by taking Windows Server exams, and gain a professional title, Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) and Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM).

  • Awesome this is just what I was looking for. Thanks Tareq!

  • This options are really helping, but when it's done with the installations it just shows welcome windows and when login using user name and password it doesn't show Desktop with icons, It only shows CMD.exe like it is running something while it's processing nothing.

  • good helping in the server 2012 instaiiation

  • In step 6 what the difference between the available architectures

  • Thank you so much...... It will help me alot..





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  • many thanks sir, infact you are really helping


  • i downloaded server 2012 .iso from your website after installation it is asking administrator password and i am not created password before

  • Thanks a lot for your kind information

  • Thanks for your help, I real had no idea that I need to select the Windows Server 2012 DataCenter Evolution(Server with GUI)

  • Thanks very much

    good helping in the server 2012 installation

  • Thanks For Help Windows server 2012 operating system.....

  • thank you so much for showing step by step of how installing windows server 2012.

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