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?


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.

  • 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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