How to convert core to GUI desktop Experience in Windows 2016

Richard Y 201 Reputation points
2023-01-04T22:28:25.033+00:00

Hi,

By mistake I installed core mode instead of GUI mode.
I tried to perform a upgrade in place on one of domain controller windows 2012 to Windows 2016

Do you have any idea to restore or install GUI mode ?

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  1. BOURBITA Thameur 11,551 Reputation points Microsoft MVP
    2023-01-04T22:34:13.16+00:00

    Hi,

    Upgrade in place is not recommended method to upgrade the OS of your domain controller.
    If you have selected core mode in windows 2016 installation , you can't convert it to GUI mode. You have to reinstall the server.
    For your case , I recommend you to perform the following steps:

    • Perform a metadata cleanup to demote manually the impacted domain controller
    • Format and reinstall the server with windows 2016 GUI mode (desktop Experience).

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