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Windows Server 2008

How to install Windows Server 2008

 Insert the appropriate Windows Server 2008 installation media into your DVD drive. If you don’t have an installation DVD for Windows Server 2008, you can download one for free from Microsoft’s Windows 2008 Server Trial website.

2. Reboot the computer.

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3. When prompted for an installation language and other regional options, make your selection and press Next.

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4. Next, press Install Now to begin the installation process.

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5. Product activation is now also identical with that found in Windows Vista. Enter yourProduct ID in the next window, and if you want to automatically activate Windows the moment the installation finishes, click Next.

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If you do not have the Product ID available right now, you can leave the box empty, and click Next. You will need to provide the Product ID later, after the server installation is over. Press No.

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6. Because you did not provide the correct ID, the installation process cannot determine what kind of Windows Server 2008 license you own, and therefore you will be prompted to select your correct version in the next screen, assuming you are telling the truth and will provide the correct ID to prove your selection later on.

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7. If you did provide the right Product ID, select the Full version of the right Windows version you’re prompted, and click Next.

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8. Read and accept the license terms by clicking to select the checkbox and pressing Next.

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9. In the “Which type of installation do you want?” window, click the only available option –Custom (Advanced).

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10. In the “Where do you want to install Windows?”, if you’re installing the server on a regular IDE hard disk, click to select the first disk, usually Disk 0, and click Next.

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11. The installation now begins, and you can go and have lunch. Copying the setup files from the DVD to the hard drive only takes about one minute. However, extracting and uncompressing the files takes a good deal longer. After 20 minutes, the operating system is installed. The exact time it takes to install server core depends upon your hardware specifications. Faster disks will perform much faster installs… Windows Server 2008 takes up approximately 10 GB of hard drive space.

12. Then the server reboots you’ll be prompted with the new Windows Server 2008 type of login screen. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to log in.

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13. Click on Other User.

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14. The default Administrator is blank, so just type Administrator and press Enter.

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15. You will be prompted to change the user’s password. You have no choice but to press Ok

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16. In the password changing dialog box, leave the default password blank (duh, read step #15…), and enter a new, complex, at-least-7-characters-long new password twice. A password like “topsecret” is not valid (it’s not complex), but one like “T0pSecreT!” sure is. Make sure you remember it.

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17. Someone thought it would be cool to nag you once more, so now you’ll be prompted to accept the fact that the password had been changed. Press Ok.

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18. After changing password you will be redirected to Server Manager.

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