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Install Windows Server 2019 Step by Step

1 – Review system requirements

The following are estimated system requirements Windows Server 2019. If your computer has less than the “minimum” requirements, you will not be able to install this product correctly. Actual requirements will vary based on your system configuration and the applications and features you install.

Unless otherwise specified, these minimum system requirements apply to all installation options (Server Core, Server with Desktop Experience, and Nano Server) and both Standard and Datacenter editions.


Processor performance depends not only on the clock frequency of the processor, but also on the number of processor cores and the size of the processor cache. The following are the processor minimum requirements for this product:

  • 1.4 GHz 64-bit processor
  • Compatible with x64 instruction set
  • Supports NX and DEP
  • CMPXCHG16b, LAHF/SAHF, and PrefetchW Supports
  • Supports Second Level Address Translation (EPT or NPT)

Coreinfo is a tool you can use to confirm which of these capabilities your CPU has.


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The following are the estimated RAM minimum requirements for this product:

  • 512 MB (2 GB for Server with Desktop Experience installation option)
  • ECC (Error Correcting Code) type or similar technology, for physical host deployments

Storage controller and disk space requirements

Computers that run Windows Server 2019 must include a storage adapter that is compliant with the PCI Express architecture specification. Persistent storage devices on servers classified as hard disk drives must not be PATA. Windows Server 2019 does not allow ATA/PATA/IDE/EIDE for boot, page, or data drives.

The estimated minimum disk space requirements for the system partition: 32 GB

Network adapter requirements

Network adapters used with this release should include these features:

  • An Ethernet adapter capable of at least gigabit throughput
  • Compliant with the PCI Express architecture specification.

A network adapter that supports network debugging (KDNet) is useful, but not a minimum requirement.

A network adapter that supports the Pre-boot Execution Environment (PXE) is useful, but not a minimum requirement.

Other requirements

Computers running this release also must have the following:

  • DVD drive (if you intend to install the operating system from DVD media)

The following items are not strictly required, but are necessary for certain features:

  • UEFI 2.3.1c-based system and firmware that supports secure boot
  • Trusted Platform Module
  • Graphics device and monitor capable of Super VGA (1024 x 768) or higher-resolution
  • Keyboard and Microsoft® mouse (or other compatible pointing device)
  • Internet access (fees may apply)

2 – The Installation steps

Now we will walk through the steps of installing Windows Server 2019 on a physical server, Virtual Environment or in the Cloud. For a physical server installation, you’ll need to pull the Windows Server ISO image and burn to a USB device.

After creating a bootable USB or DVD medium, insert it and start your Computer. VirtualBox, KVM and VMware users only need to attach the ISO file during VM creation and follow the installation steps shown.

1.On the first screen, select installation language, Time and keyboard layout the click “Next“.

2.Start the installation by clicking on “Install Now“.

The setup should start in a short while.

3.Select the Windows Server 2019 edition to install and click Next.

4. Read the License terms and agree to them to start the installation by checking the box “I accept the license terms“.

5. if this is the first installation of Windows Server 2019 on the server, select (Custom: Install Windows only).

6. Select a partition to install Windows Server, you can optionally create new one from available or use total available size by clicking “Next“.

7. The installation should start, wait for it to finish.

8. The system should automatically reboot after the installation. Set Administrator password when prompted on the next screen.

9. Click Finish to complete the installation. To login with the Administrator user, use Ctrl + Alt + Del key combination.

10. Provide your Administrator Password and hit Enter.

You can get Windows Server details on the settings section.

Access to Server Manager Local Server section should also give you some details about Windows Server 2019 installation.

That’s all. You have successfully installed Windows Server 2019 on your Physical server or Virtual Environment.

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