I am trying to install windows 2012 R2 standard Server. I completed the installation windows is not booting properly . After entering the user name and password only c:\user\administrator display in the screen, if i type exit on it then only a black screen and mouse pointer display. not sure what to do from here
1. it's usual for server core
2. try to run server manager (just type servermanager in cmd)
3. try to view installed GUI feature using powershell
verify that you have Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra and Server-Gui-Shell installed
4. if 3 is false , install GUI features
Install-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra,Server-Gui-Shell -Restart
Roman Levchenko, MCITP, MCTS http://www.rlevchenko.com
If you are just seeing a command prompt without GUI then it means you have installed core edition of server 2012. Not to worry you can get your GUI back.
Follow these steps and screenshots - http://prajwaldesai.com/switching-between-gui-and-server-core-in-windows-server-2012/
Prajwal Desai, http://prajwaldesai.com
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No, you don't need to remove PowerShell.
Do you want a core installation or a GUI installation? The default installation will be core, i.e. no GUI installed. But, it is possible to install the GUI using PowerShell or DISM afterwards. From the difficulties you are experiencing, I would recommend that you either re-do your installation one more time, making sure you have selected the option to install with GUI instead of taking the default which is the core installation.
The fact that you say that the command recommended by Roman returns unrecognized to you, I would ask if you are sure you are installing Windows Server and not Hyper-V Server. Windows Server would recognize the command Roman provided. What's the name of the ISO file you are using for installation?
- Proposed as answer by Susie LongMicrosoft contingent staff, Moderator Wednesday, March 05, 2014 9:00 AM
I want to run Windows Server 2012 normally, with GUI
It was installed and I was going through installing Active Directory Domain Services and upon finishing I did not see Active Directory Users and Computers, upon rebooting I get the cmd prompt and can't go any farther
Look you should install the server fresh but do not chose core as they only installs the basic core of Hyper-V for a server farm
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