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server 2012 r2 only boots to command prompt

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  • 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
    Thursday, February 27, 2014 5:19 AM

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  • 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

    type powershell

    get-windowsfeature *GUI*

    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



    Thursday, February 27, 2014 6:09 AM
  • 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

    • Proposed as answer by Agasthya.S.P Wednesday, February 03, 2016 8:23 PM
    Thursday, February 27, 2014 6:25 AM
  • hi,

    cmd > powershell

    In powershell:

    Install-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra,Server-Gui-Shell -Restart

    Thursday, February 27, 2014 6:30 AM
  • Neither worked, all unrecognized

    Friday, February 28, 2014 8:55 PM
  • it's installing, I'm must have typed something wrong

    Friday, February 28, 2014 8:59 PM
  • It's installing now, I must have typed something wrong

    Friday, February 28, 2014 8:59 PM
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    Saturday, March 01, 2014 3:01 AM
  • I'm back to the same place.  I need to remove powershell, so I can install GUI version of Active Directory users and computers
    Monday, March 03, 2014 4:08 AM
  • 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?


    .:|:.:|:. tim

    Monday, March 03, 2014 10:31 PM
  • Hi,

    Do you have any progresses on this issue by now?

    Please feel free to let us know if this issue persists.

    Best Regards,

    Amy Wang

    Thursday, March 06, 2014 2:56 AM
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  • 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

    Thursday, March 06, 2014 3:52 AM
  • 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



    The above doesn't make any sense at all.
    Friday, March 07, 2014 6:04 AM
  • Corret Paul in Hyper-V we can only install basic core.

    Thanks

    NM


    Warm Regards, Niraj Mehta

    Monday, August 04, 2014 2:50 PM
  • thanks for this info.  worked great!
    Saturday, January 31, 2015 4:39 PM
  • hi 

    i am still seeing this problem which i have told you before plz resolve this issue which i am looking on my desktop. i want to say again that when i boot my server microsoft window server 2012 but it still shows me a window where it shows powershell dos prompt message still. plz can you explain that which command i must apply that clear my desktop and i may use my server

    Regards

    iffi

    Sunday, November 15, 2015 1:18 PM
  • hi 

    i am still seeing this problem which i have told you before plz resolve this issue which i am looking on my desktop. i want to say again that when i boot my server microsoft window server 2012 but it still shows me a window where it shows powershell dos prompt message still. plz can you explain that which command i must apply that clear my desktop and i may use my server

    Regards

    iffi
    Sunday, November 15, 2015 1:25 PM
  • iffi,

    You have not provided any information about what you installed or your configuration.  Have you tried the various commands that are shown in the responses to this post?  Those commands are what will add the GUI to a Windows Server 2012 R2 core installation.  If you have installed Hyper-V Server, there is nothing you can do to create a GUI.  But we don't have any information about your installation.


    . : | : . : | : . tim

    Monday, November 16, 2015 3:48 PM
  • I managed to have this happen to me after installing the full GUI version of the OS.  Don't ask how, its embarrassing! lol

    Anyway, PowerShell would not function so Install-Feature was not an option.  Server manager would not open so, enabling features with the UI was not an option.  In fact, nothing would run from the command prompt except taskmgr.  

    The solution was to run the following command from the command prompt that had opened when I logged into the server:

    Dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:Server-Gui-Mgmt /featurename:Server-Gui-Shell /featurename:ServerCore-FullServer /all

    This installed the GUI features and all the requisites for those features. 

    Once the installation is complete, which will take quite awhile, reboot the server with the command shutdown /r /t 0  This shuts the server down for reboot with a wait time of zero (immediate).

    You should be back in business after the reboot.


    • Edited by EVC Tuesday, January 26, 2016 3:23 PM
    • Proposed as answer by Vimalanathan Sigamani T Tuesday, February 09, 2016 7:10 AM
    Tuesday, January 26, 2016 3:08 PM
  • Thanks for the post. This did work out for me perfectly.
    Wednesday, February 03, 2016 8:24 PM
  • Does anyone know the root cause of this? I have ran into the exact same situation that you described. Currently running the command you listed, and it is working.
    Friday, February 19, 2016 5:04 PM
  • It may be embarrassing, but I'm seeing this issue as well and perhaps I could benefit from the info.
    Friday, February 19, 2016 9:34 PM
  • I think it has something to do with the loss or corruption of the .Net 4 feature. Just my best guess.
    Saturday, February 20, 2016 5:57 AM
  • I ran into the same problem and found it easier to download the non-core version and upgrade.

    R, J

    Saturday, February 20, 2016 4:51 PM
  • I ran into the same problem and found it easier to download the non-core version and upgrade.

    R, J

     Where did you find that? It might be a good idea to include that info.


    Bill

    Saturday, February 20, 2016 11:37 PM
  • thing is, it WAS a full install. I believe the removal of dot net 4.5 is the key. Engineer installing some software removed 4.5 and that's when the issue happens. The above DISM command cleared it up.

    Saturday, February 20, 2016 11:44 PM
  • If my solution worked please put a vote for it so others know to use it.  Someone just mentioned .Net 4 as well.  I'm really thinking this has something to do with .Net 4 being removed.  When this happened to me, I was messing around with .Net 4 due to a compatibility issue with a piece of software. 
    Saturday, February 20, 2016 11:57 PM
  • i had the same problem here . i tried to remove the .net framework 4.5 on server manager than the server rebooted and came with the same issue. only started in command prompt. nothing is available. not powershell not server manager. if you do ctrl alt end you can go to task manager and start firefox.exe for example you can download .netframework install it but after reboot stays the same. you can try install .netframework on prompt command but wont work. i used the command above listed   Dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:Server-Gui-Mgmt /featurename:Server-Gui-Shell /featurename:ServerCore-FullServer /all     after a few seconds asked if i wanted to rebbot. said yes and voila. everithing is back.

    thank you so much guys...

    • Proposed as answer by Tryggr Tuesday, June 28, 2016 3:22 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by Tryggr Tuesday, June 28, 2016 3:23 PM
    Saturday, April 02, 2016 4:08 PM
  • Thanks a Lot EVC... It Worked for me ..Appreciate your Help ...!!!!!
    Friday, May 13, 2016 8:52 AM
  • I work in a LAB with an MSDN license. I'm probably the wrong person to ask that question. On that note, if you have an MSDN subcription, just download one that isn't a core and install over the top of the core to give it a GUI (the easy way). As shown here, there are other ways. I did not find them particularly convenient other than it forced me to learn a bunch of basic Powershell commands (such as Restart-Computer, Stop-Computer, and so on).

    R, J



    • Edited by Crakdkorn Sunday, June 05, 2016 6:57 PM
    Sunday, June 05, 2016 6:56 PM
  • Tried the reinstallation of GUI twice and still back at the black screen with cmd window. Restarted several times. The OS in question is Windows Server 2012. Please help.

    Regards,

    AR

    Friday, June 10, 2016 8:14 AM
  • Tried the reinstallation of GUI twice and still back at the black screen with cmd window. Restarted several times. The OS in question is Windows Server 2012. Please help.

    Regards,

    AR

    Friday, June 10, 2016 10:44 AM
  • Have you followed the suggestions in the old post?  By replying to an old post, it is hard to tell what you have done.

    From where did you obtain the distribution you are using?  During the installation, are you sure you did NOT select the default installation option?  There are four selections - Std Core, Std, Datacenter Core, and Datacenter.  If you accept the default, you will get core, which means no GUI.

    What steps did you follow?


    . : | : . : | : . tim

    Friday, June 10, 2016 3:00 PM
  • I had to run the DISM command that EVC proposed, which took an extremely long time to run. It hangs on black screens for 5+ minutes, so it looks concerning. But with patience it finally completed. Once it came back up the Server Manager was very slow to load, but did come up. I still didn't have the full GUI though. Checked via powershell and the 2 gui features were "available" but not installed. Followed the steps from R.Levchenko and now everything is back up and running. Thanks everyone.
    Tuesday, June 28, 2016 3:26 PM
  • This was the one for me. Many thanks!
    Monday, July 18, 2016 4:39 PM