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How To Dual Boot and Install Windows Server 2016 on


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Insert Windows Server 2016 DVD and boot your computer from the DVD. If you do not have the
  
media, you will need to download. See https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-
Share
windows-server-technical-preview for the Technical Preview. You could also download from
MSDN.MICROSOFT.COM or other subscription service. You may also opt to create a bootable USB
drive to use as an ISO. You can get step by step instructions from
https://itproguru.com/expert/2016/05/create-bootable-windows-server-2016-usb-thumb-drive-for-
installing-os/

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1. Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5
Insert Windows Server 2016 DVD and boot your computer
from the DVD. Boot to the DVD/USB ISO (you may have to
go into bios or interrupt boot to boot from external media).
Click the Next Button

2. Install Now
Click the Install now Button
Note: the “Repair your computer”
link
3. Activate
Optionally, enter your product key then Next or click I don’t
have a product key

4. Accept Terms of Use


READ the license terms. Click on I accept the license terms
then Click the Next button.

5. Custom Install
The Evaluation DVD may have more options than
TechNet/MSDN DVD. Make sure you choose “Windows
Server 2016 Standard/or/Datacenter (Desktop Experience).
NOTE: DEFAULTS TO “Server core Installation” (no Desktop
Experience) Click the Next Button

6. Select OS
The Evaluation DVD may have more options than
TechNet/MSDN DVD.
Make sure you choose Windows Server 2016
Standard/or/Datacenter (Desktop Experience)NOTE:
DEFAULTS TO “Server core Installation” (no Desktop
Experience)Click the Next Button

7. Where? Install Dual Boot to VHD; Create new VHD drive and partition [Skip to next step if
installing on bare metal]
If you want to install into a VHD follow this step/process. You
can CREATE a VHD to install (instead of installing on metal)
Notice: if using dual boot from an older version of windows
(Windows 7/8/10) this procedure will upgrade your boot
loader to Windows Server 2012 so the boot menu will be
Windows 2016 instead of Windows 7/8/10. Also, the
Windows 2016 will be the default. You can change the default
later using the msconfig utility. See attached video for
instructions.
On the Where Do you want to Install page press Shift-F10 to
open a command prompt.
SHIFT-F10 {to open a command prompt window }
Find installation drive (dir c:, dir d:, dir e:, etc)
Create Folder if you like (eg. md BootVHD) {use full path in
Create vdisk below}
{ open the Disk Partition Utility (replace e: below with the
proper drive letter for your system. see Video at
itproguru.com/2016vhd for video walk-through}
Diskpart
Create vdisk file=e:BootDemo.vhd type=expandable
maximum=40000
Attach vdisk
Exit

Then Refresh on the Windows Setup Screen


Select the New VHD Partition then for the install and click
Next
To see a video: https://aka.ms/Boot2VHD

Note: Feel free to change the name and path of the .VHD file
in the create vdisk statement above.

8. Where? Delete Existing Partitions [URGENT NOTICE: SKIP THIS STEP If not WIPING your
primary drive during install]
** NOTICE ** the following steps WILL wipe out all data on
your primary drive. These instructions are for a CLEAN bare
metal install. If you do not want to wipe your drive, cancel the
install and follow instructions above for Boot to VHD
You should also remove any secondary or external drives to
prevent accedental deletion of data.
Click each of the listed Drive 0 drives then click the delete
button. Im prompted that “this partition might contain
important files or applications from your computer
manufacturer. if you delete this partition, any data stored on it
will be lost” If you are sure you want to wipe this drive, click
OK.
9. Where? New Partition, do the install [Skip this step if doing Boot To VHD]
Click Drive 0 Unallocated Space then click Next
10. Install Underway
Give it some time to finish…
The system will automatically reboot when finished. If you
walk away, you may have to remove the USB or DVD and
reboot so it boots to the hard drive instead of the installation
media.

11. Set Administrator Password


Enter a password for the administrator account into the
password adn Reenter password fields then click Finish

12. Lock Screen


Press [CTRL-ALT-DEL] to bring up the login screen

13. Login
type in your password and press [ENTER] to loginif you are on
a wired network, you will be asked Do you want to allow your
PC to be discoverable by other PCs and devices on this
network? If you are on a priviate network you should select
Yes.

Notice server manager is automatically opened for you.


In the video we also cover creating a new administrator user

14. [Optional:] Change default boot order


Click Start, type msconfig
Click “System Configuration”
Click the boot you want to be the default
click Set as default button
Click OK

In the video we also cover creating a new administrator user


 
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