How to convert core to GUI desktop Experience in Windows 2016

Richard Y 201 Reputation points


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


    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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