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How to download, install and activate Windows Server 2016 Standard

download, install and activate Windows Server 2016 Standard

How to download, install, and activate Windows Server 2016 Standard

Windows Server 2016 Standard is a strong operating system designed for business needs, with greater security, improved performance, and an abundance of capabilities. This step-by-step guide will show you through the process of downloading, installing, and activating Windows Server 2016 Standard, whether you are setting up a new server or updating an existing one. 

System Requirements

Before you start the installation, make sure your server corresponds to the following minimum system requirements for Windows Server 2016 Standard:

  • RAM: 512 MB (2 GB for the Server with Desktop Experience installation option)  
  • Processor: 1.4 GHz 64-bit processor
  • Hard drive space: 32 GB or greater
  • Optical drive (if installed from a DVD) Network adapter
  • An Ethernet adapter with at least gigabit throughput

Downloading Windows Server 2016 Standard

You must first acquire a valid copy of Windows Server 2016 Standard to begin. To download it, go through the following steps:

  1. You can sign in using your Microsoft account or establish one if you don’t already have one by going to the official Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) website (
  2. Locate Windows Server 2016 Standard from the available products list in the “Downloads and Keys” section. 
  3. Select the “Download” button next to the relevant version (such as 64-bit) as required.
  4. When downloading the ISO file to your local computer, select the desired language.

Installing Windows Server 2016 Standard

  • If you prefer to install from a DVD, insert a blank DVD into the DVD drive of your computer. Alternatively, you can make a bootable USB using a USB flash drive that has a minimum storage capacity of 8 GB.
  • Restart the server after inserting the bootable DVD or USB into the appropriate drive.
  • To start the installation procedure, follow the on-screen directions. The language, time, currency format, and keyboard input will all need to be selected.
  • Then, when asked, click “Install Now” and enter the product key. You ought to have been given the product key when you bought the Windows Server 2016 Standard license.
  • Select the installation type after accepting the license conditions. When performing a fresh installation, choose “Custom: Install Windows only (advanced).”
  • Choose the drive or partition on which Windows Server 2016 Standard should be installed. If the drive has to be formatted, you can do that now.
  • Now follows the installation process. During installation, the server will automatically restart.
  • You must create the Administrator account’s password when the installation is finished.

Activating Windows Server 2016 Standard

  • Using the Administrator account to log into Windows Server 2016
  • From the start menu or taskbar, access the “Server Manager” program.
  • Click “Local Server” in the “Server Manager” window’s left-hand menu.
  • You may view the activation status in the “Properties” section. The “Change Product Key” link should be clicked.
  • After entering the 25-character product key you received during the download, click “Next.”
  • To finish the activation process, follow the on-screen directions. You ought to see a confirmation message if everything went okay.
  • To guarantee that all modifications take effect, restart the server.


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