How to Install Windows Server 2019 from USB

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Introduction

This guide demos how to install Windows Server 2019 from USB.

Steps to Install Windows Server 2019 from USB

Here are the steps to install Windows Server 2019 from USB covered in this guide:

  1. Download Windows Server 2019 ISO
  2. Burn the ISO to USB
  3. Install Windows Server 2019 from USB
  4. Activate Windows Server 2019

1
Download Windows Server 2019 ISO

Though you will be installing an evaluation version of Windows Server, this guide has a section with details of how to convert it to a full version. You will need a valid product key to convert your evaluation version to a full version.

The first step to install Windows Server 2019 from USB is to download Server 2019 evaluation ISO image…

Here are the steps:

Steps to Install Windows Server 2019 from USB - Download Windows Server 2019 ISO
  • Beneath Start Evaluation, select ISO. Then click Continue.
Steps to Install Windows Server 2019 from USB - Download Windows Server 2019 ISO
  • Then complete the required fields in the form similar to the one below and click Continue .
  • Finally, select the Language for the ISO you wish to download. Then click Download.

2
Burn Server 2019 ISO to USB

Once you have downloaded the ISO file, the next step is to burn it to a USB drive.

For steps to burn a Windows Server 2019 ISO to USB use this guide – How to Burn Windows Server 2019 ISO to USB.

3
Install Windows Server 2019 from USB

Here are the steps to install Windows Server 2019 from USB:

  • Insert the bootable USB drive you created in the last section to your server.
  • Then boot your Server to BIOS and configure the server’s boot sequence to boot from USB first. Save your changes and exit BIOS.
  • Your Server will boot from the USB and ask you top confirm. Press any key on the keyboard to continue.
Install Windows Server 2019 from USB
  • At the first screen of Windows installation, select your Time and currency format and Keyboard or input method. Then click Next.
Install Windows Server 2019 from USB
  • Then on this screen, click Install now.
Install Windows Server 2019 from USB
  • When prompted to Select the operating system you want to install, select the edition of the server you have a license for. To continue, click Next.
There are 4 available editions – 2 are Server Core (no GUI or desktop experience). The other two are Server with desktop experience. Ensure you select a version with desktop experience unless you wish to install Server Core.
Install Windows Server 2019 from USB
  • When the Applicable notices and license terms screen loads, check I accept the license terms. Then click Next.
Install Windows Server 2019 from USB
  • Then, at the Which type of installation do you want screen, click Custom: Install Windows only (advanced).
Install Windows Server 2019 from USB
  • On the Where do you want to install Windows screen, select the hard drive you want to install Windows Server 2019 from USB. Then click Next.
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  • The installation will begin. This part of the installation will take a while. Wait..
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  • When the last stage of installations are completed, you will receive a Server restart notification. To restart immediately, click Restart now (see the second image below).
Install Windows Server 2019 from USB
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  • When the server restarts, it will stay at the Getting ready screen for a while.
  • Finally, at the Customize settings screen, type a password for the administrator account. Then re-type the password and click Finish.
  • Then at the logon screen, press Ctrl + Alt + Del and login to the server.

4
Activate Windows Server 2019 Evaluation to Full Version

The final stage of this guide is to convert your Server from evaluation to a full version.

For the steps click Activate Windows Server 2019 Evaluation to Full Version (opens in a new browser tab).

Conclusion

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