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We have a Server 2008 Core install whose requirements have changed - is it possible to install the GUI components in place, or is a reinstall necessary?

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A reinstall is necessary. This is covered in this Microsoft KB article:

  • You cannot upgrade from non-Server Core installations of Windows Server
    2008 to Server Core installations of Windows Server 2008.
  • You cannot convert Server Core installations of Windows Server
    2008 to non-Server Core installations of Windows Server 2008.
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Well its not a case of just adding the GUI, you have to upgrade from the core version to the full version of server 2008 (web, standard, etc.). Unfortunately there is not upgrade method to do this, you have to re-install the OS.

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