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After installing Windows 2012 instance on google cloud, it drops to command prompt when ever I connect to it from RDP. It seems Explorer is not running on it. Any idea on how to fix this?

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Sounds like it's running the Server Core version which doesn't have the GUI. You can type sconfig to get a menu to configure the most common stuff.

I haven't used Google Cloud but on a regular Windows install if you are running the server core you can run Add-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Shell, Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra from powershell to install the GUI.

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  • I noticed that I installed Server Core after posting the question. Hope this helps someone. Thanks. – ojoma Sep 10 '17 at 21:04

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