Installing Windows Server 2012 (step by step)


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).

Comments (52)

  1. Joe says:

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

  2. Rudzani N Mulaudzi says:

    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.

  3. ahsan ali says:

    good helping in the server 2012 instaiiation

  4. Bonface says:

    In step 6 what the difference between the available architectures

  5. Naseer Hussain says:

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  6. ARICA HAS says:





  7. Yusuf Garba says:

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  9. vijay says:

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

  10. Dawa says:

    Thanks a lot for your kind information

  11. Aidan says:

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

  12. RAIZAN KHAN says:

    Thanks very much

    good helping in the server 2012 installation

  13. Vijay Gaikwad says:

    Thanks For Help Windows server 2012 operating system…..

  14. leon fidele says:

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

  15. Benjamin Musau says:

    Thanks. This is what i needed for my assignment!

  16. Chohan says:

    Server Manager page is not shown in my computer

    Step 12 are Ok, but Step 13 is not there

  17. Nupur says:

    Thanks for help,the contents are very helpful.

  18. Raj says:

    @Rudzani N Mulaudzi: Seems you Installed Ms  Windows 2012 in Core mode. Convert installation to GUI mode then you will able to see the GUI.

  19. vikas says:

    so easy to understand without practical work

  20. Polacypik Daranachu says:

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  21. iskandar fadzil says:

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  22. sadanandam.gaddi says:

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  23. mahar nadeem sahil says:

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  24. anurag says:

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  25. Syed Amin says:

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    this is very helpful.

    Thanks !!! 🙂

  26. TUNDE says:

    After installing windows server 2012 and I logged in but the windows server 2012 server manager did not show . it took me to CMD.exe so what should i do.

  27. Noluthando says:

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  28. rezvan says:

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  29. Edmundo says:

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  30. Jake says:

    thank you very ve been very helpful

  31. Merhawi says:

    Hallo guys

    I need some help. How can I install window server 2012  on window 7. I beg you to inform me as soon as. thanks

  32. Emily says:

    What permission do I need to install or upgrade do I have to be a local admin

  33. Animesh says:

    Awesome this is just what I was looking for. Thanks

  34. Zeeshan Ali says:

    Sir while setting up password i get the following Error: "Your Password does not match complexity,length and strength".

    tough i try to set the hardest Password i can remember. Please tell me a solution.


    Zeeshan ali

  35. Maxwell says:

    its OK only if you can put configuration of server, DNS and DHCP


  36. saranya says:

    thank you so much its rly vry useful to me.i knw how to install these those things bt i i remember it.

  37. Carloz Oaseb says:

    Every time I install my windows server it command utility:


    What must I enter to get pass this please help…!!

  38. Ramesh Dagde says:

    Thank you so much…… It will help me alot…. Thanx a lot.

  39. Andrew says:

    To all the people only able to see the cmd line, you MUST chose to install the GUI. DO NOT PICK Server Core!!! that is the cmd line interface only.

  40. Odongo Sam says:

    Thank you so much , it has been a great learning.

  41. solomon bogale says:

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

  42. ndongo says:

    is this the windows server which I can use in internet café I pc operation multi monitors/ user

  43. Ivans Muhasa Enock says:

    Good works here, post more about configurations and troubleshooting of windows server 2012

  44. thodhoris sioupoulis says:


    i had follow step installation but i can not log in  with use in other pc,ony as administrator,

    i crated user from active directory, beecause i did not have a choise from computer managment

    could you explain me why

  45. CHris says:

    Now that windows server 2012 has been installed, what will be the next steps?

  46. kranth says:

    Now that windows server 2012 has been installed, what will be the next steps?

  47. ramesh says:

    Now that windows server 2012 has been installed, what will be the next step?

  48. Pandurang Rupnavar says:

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

  49. Babu saha says:

    Im Instal windows server 2012 data centre core…then shows -c:administrator.cmd exe>… Not show the desktop or any screen..then…pls…help…

  50. Pankaj says:

    I installed server 2012 but its showing command window only

    What to do

    Plz help

  51. msganaw shumet says:

    awesome this is just what i was looking for thankes