I'm an MSDN subscriber. I would like to install Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core, but when I insert MSDN #4629 DVD there're only full versions of Windows Server 2008 R2. How am I supposed to install Server Core then? Any suggestions? Is it possible to covert it back to server core when a GUI version's already installed?


You use the same media. As part of the install process you're prompted to select the edition.

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revert to core after an install? doubt it very much.

  • Strange. No such choices for me. The strangest thing was also that I wasn't presented with a choice about hard disk... Changed media with MSDN downloaded DVD image. Everything worked. I had Server core choices and all. It finally worked. – Robert Koritnik May 25 '10 at 17:16
  • One more clarification. I have choices for full installation but not Server Core ones. That's what I meant. – Robert Koritnik May 25 '10 at 17:27

I think you've got the wrong CD, sounds like a Retail CD (for installing your customers' servers).

Go to the MSDN Subscriber's Downloads, Under Operating Systems, pick Server 2008 R2. The second download in there is for DVD 50365, you'll find keys as well so you can run it for more than a week.

There's no way to switch from Core to Full or vice-versa.


When you install the software do not use a product ID - leave the box blank. At that point you will be asked which version of the software to install - Core is one of the options.

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    The MSDN version doesn't ask for the Product ID or Key or any of that. It just shows the license agreement, lets you pick a version, and installs. – Chris S May 25 '10 at 14:56

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