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Simple Step : Convert Server Core to GUI in Windows Server 2012 R2

July 25, 2014

I already blogged about how to convert Server 2012 R2 GUI to Server Core, but this time, lets go through the step how to convert Server Core to GUI in Windows Server 2012 R2…

** i have 1 Windows Server 2012 R2 Server Core which fresh installation from the installer, so now i wanted to convert this Server Core to GUI interface for easy maintenance…

1 – Make sure you mount / insert Windows Server 2012 R2 installer to the server itself and then, on the cmd interface, type :

mkdir C:\OSIwin2012R2\image

** this command is to create new folder called OSIwin2012R2\image

next, type :

copy D:\sources\install.wim  C:\OSIwin2012R2\image

** this command is to copy install.win file from Windows installer…

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2 – wait for few minutes for the process to copy the install.wim…

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3 – Next, type mkdir C:\OSIwin2012R2\MountPoint

** this command is to create a folder called OSIwin2012R2\MountPoint in your server C: drive…

Then type :

Dism /Mount-Image /ImageFile:C:\OSIwin2012R2\image\install.wim /index:2 /MountDir:C:\OSIwin2012R2\MountPoint  /ReadOnly

** this command is to mount the offline Windows image from windows installer with index no.2 which Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition…

wait until the mounting image completed 100%…

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4 – Lastly, on the cmd interface, type :

Dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:Server-Gui-Mgmt /featurename:Server-Gui-Shell /featurename:ServerCore-FullServer /source:c:\OSIwin2012R2\MountPoint\windows\winsxs  

** this command is to upgrade your Server Core to Full GUI of Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition…

wait until the DISM process complete and it will prompt you to restart the Server, and then type Y..

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5 – After your server restart, you will get Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition with Full GUI…

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One Comment
  1. Chad permalink

    Thank you! Very helpful in learning.

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