how to convert windows server 2019 core to gui

Buseni Jean Damour 0 Reputation points

i have installed window server 2019 core and i want to access GUI in order to configure file server

Windows Server 2019
Windows Server 2019
A Microsoft server operating system that supports enterprise-level management updated to data storage.
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  1. Andreas Baumgarten 103.3K Reputation points MVP

    Hi @Buseni Jean Damour ,

    since Windows Server 2016 it's not possible anymore to convert from Core to GUI version.

    The only option is to install the OS from the scratch.

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    Andreas Baumgarten

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  2. Daisy Zhou 20,876 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Hello Buseni Jean Damour,

    Thank you for posting in Q&A forum.

    We can see information below in the link below:

    Unlike some previous releases of Windows Server, you cannot convert between Server Core and Server with Desktop Experience after installation. You will need to do a clean installation if you install later decide to use a different option.

    Server Core vs Server with Desktop Experience install options

    Hope the information above is helpful.

    If you have any question or concern, please feel free to let us know.

    Best Regards,

    Daisy Zhou


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  3. Anonymous

    This hasn't been possible since 2012 R2. The conversion core->GUI->core was ridden with problems so it was abandoned in future versions of windows server. So you'll need to clean install it but choose the Desktop Experience option. Some possibilities for managing a core server here.

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