Demo – Installation of an Operating System

The following pages show you the steps of the installation of a server operating system.  Attended, unattended, upgrade and network distribution installation will all follow this basic format. Click on the images to enlarge them.


When the installation commences, the screen above will appear. This is the initial phase of the installation.  Once the operating system loads the required files the graphical user installation phase takes over.


This is now the graphical user interface phase.  This is a clean install and the only option is ‘Install now’  If this was an update, or if another operating system was found on the hard disk by the installer other options may be shown here.




The options allow you to choose between the differing types of server.  The main difference between the Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter is the number of processors each supports.

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition supports 4 processors
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition supports 8 processors
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Edition supports 64 processors

This is also where you can choose to install the cut down, non graphical Server Core Installation as mentioned earlier.

The licence terms for the product must be accepted before continuing with the installation.


This point in the installation, the installer has recognised that there is a previous version of a server operating system already on the hard disk.  It now gives the user the option to upgrade (keeping settings, files and programs) or to wipe the hard drive clean and install a clean copy.


This section of the installation allows the user to decide on a structure for the hard disk.  The hard disk can be partitioned up into one large partition, or the user may wish to separate the operating system from the user data and partition the drive into 2 or more partitions.  More on partitioning is covered later in this course.



The installer is now copying the files it needs, and will install the features



The setup continues by installing any required updates, security patches etc.


The installation now requires that the password be changed prior to logging on for the first time for security reasons.


Creating the password.  There is also an option to create a password reset disk.  This will allow the password to be recovered in the event that the user may forget the password.

The new password has been accepted.


Windows server is preparing desktop for first use.


The initial configuration tasks will be shown, enabling the user to set up the server using the recommended process.


The server is now running.

Next: Installing from Media