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How to Install Windows Server 2008 R2 as Workstation can be installed in four different editions.

Please see the following four editions of Windows Server 2008

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Web

To install and test Windows Server 2008 R2 you  need download the DVD-image file from the following link:

Windows Server 2008 R2 ISO Free Download

It doesn’t need any key.  You can use this for 180 days after activating. You can create bootable USB drive this ISO file using Rufus. After create bootabel flash drive follow the installation steps given below.



Step 1 : Boot your Windows Server 2008 R2 with bootable USB drive. After you see the screen below, choose the appropriate settings and click Next.

How to Install Windows Server 2008 R2 as Workstation

Step 2 : Now click Install now button.

How to Install Windows Server 2008 R2 as Workstation

Step 3 : Now select version of Windows Server 2008 R2 with Full Installation. Please do not select Server with Core Installation as they won’t have a Graphic user interface (GUI).

How to Install Windows Server 2008 R2 as Workstation

Step 4 : Now check the checkbox of I accept the license terms and then click next to proceed.

How to Install Windows Server 2008 R2 as Workstation

Step 5 : Now select Custom (advanced) it allows us to install a clean Windows Server 2008 R2. Upgrade option can be used to upgrade from earlier version of server or Windows Server 2008.

How to Install Windows Server 2008 R2 as Workstation

Step 6 : Now select the hard disk partition in which you want to install Windows Server 2008 R2 and click Next.

How to Install Windows Server 2008 R2 as Workstation

Step 7 : Windows Server 2008 R2 ISO setup will now install the selected version on your computer. See the following installation progress screenshots of Windows Server 2008 R2.

Copying Windows Files and Expanding Windows Files in process.

How to Install Windows Server 2008 R2 as Workstation

Step 8 : Installing features and installing updated, completing installation in following screenshots

How to Install Windows Server 2008 R2 as Workstation

Step 9 : Windows Server 2008 R2 setup is preparing your computer for first use

How to Install Windows Server 2008 R2 as Workstation

Step 10 : Now computer will restart and you need to put new password in order to use Windows Server 2008 R2. Click OK.

How to Install Windows Server 2008 R2 as Workstation

Step 11 : Here you need to put strong password. It should be alpha numeric with at least one capital letter and one number, for example Adm1n1strator (In this ‘A’ is in uppercase and replaced ‘i’ with numeric ‘1’)

How to Install Windows Server 2008 R2 as Workstation

Step 12 : Now your password has been changed. Click ok to proceed and it will show your desktop first time.

How to Install Windows Server 2008 R2 as Workstation

Step 13 : Check Do not show this window at logon in the Initial Configuration Tasks. You can use it later at any time using administrator tools.

How to Install Windows Server 2008 R2 as Workstation

Step 14 : Check Do not show me this console at logon in the Server manager window. you can access it later from administrator tools.

How to Install Windows Server 2008 R2 as Workstation

Now you can use windows server 2008 R2 and configure it according to your requirements.



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How to Install Windows Server 2008 R2 as Workstation