How to convert sever core to sever desktop experience mode for 2022

TAN Jun Ji 0 Reputation points
2024-02-02T06:13:24.9233333+00:00

Accidentally selected the server core.

Now currently stuck at adminstrator:C:\windows\system32\cmd.exe page

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Windows Server
A family of Microsoft server operating systems that support enterprise-level management, data storage, applications, and communications.
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  1. Thameur-BOURBITA 28,471 Reputation points
    2024-02-02T06:43:45.3+00:00

    Hi @TAN Jun Ji

    unfortunately it’s not possible.

    The option to switch from Core to desktop experience was removed starting with Windows 2016. The only way is to rebuild the server.

    you have to rebuild the server from scratch and select desktop experience mode.

    Please don’t forget to accept helpful answer

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  2. Wesley Li 2,020 Reputation points
    2024-02-05T02:50:57.32+00:00

    Hello As Thameur stated, we may need to perform a clean installation. Anyway, there should be desktop feature (Server-Gui-Shell) listed in cmd list if this is possible. We could try to run "dism /online /get-features" to verify this.

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  3. Net Runner 320 Reputation points
    2024-02-06T09:25:06.2633333+00:00

    Your next step should be sconfig command.

    Suppose the only problem you are having with Windows Server Core is management. In that case, I highly recommend installing Windows Admin Center, an excellent web-based management option for Windows Server that is accessible from any device. Windows Server Core is more reliable, lightweight, and secure than its GUI version and is generally more recommended for servers since it requires less patching.

    https://www.microsoft.com/de-de/windows-server/windows-admin-center

    https://www.starwindsoftware.com/blog/windows-admin-center-for-windows-server

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