How to Install Windows Server 2008 - step by step

Windows Server 2008 is a closed source operating system released 4th February, 2008 based on Windows Vista. It has extended support until the 14th January 2020.It is available in both 32 and 64 bit versions but will be the last 32 bit Windows server operating system.

1 Pre-Installation

1 Insert the Windows 2008 Server installation disk into the computer.


2 Installation


1 Select your 'Language', 'Time and currency format' and your 'Keyboard or input type' then click next.


2 Click Install now.

3 Type in your product key, select whether you want to 'Automatically activate Windows when' and click Next.

  • There is a trial period of 60 days so if you can't find your product key, leave the field blank and click Next.

4 The 'Automatically activate Windows' is a personal preference but the box was checked for this tutorial.

5 If you have not entered a product key you will get this screen.

  • Press Yes to enter the product key now or No to activate it later.

6 Choose your edition of Windows Server 2008, check the 'I have selected the edition of Windows that I have purchased' box and click Next.

  • Server Core Installation is a text based version of Windows Server 2008 whilst the full edition is a graphical display.
  • You could be cheeky and choose a different version of Windows Server 2008 to the one you have bought but you will have to use a product key for that different version which will not be the same as the one you have bought.

7 Check the 'I accept the license terms' and click next.

  • It's a good idea to read the license agreement so you know what you're agreeing to.

8 Select the type of installation that you want.

  • Upgrade allows you to keep your files, settings etc before upgrading.
  • Custom (selected in this tutorial) does a clean install of Windows.

9 Choose where you want to install Windows and click Next.


10 The next part requires no input from the user.

  • The screen may flicker during this process. However, this is completely normal.


11 Restart your computer by click Restart Now or the computer will do it automatically.

12 Do not press anything here.      

  • Pressing anything here will result in you being put in a setup loop.
  • If you did press something and setup began again, restart the computer and you'll be fine.

13 Wait for windows to setup the computer.

14 Installation may hang here. 

Be patient and allow for a few minutes for the computer to continue with the installation.
  • If there is no disk activity (usually indicated by a flashing light on the computer) for several minutes, then restart the computer.

15 This step requires no input from the user but it might take some time.

16 Installation may hang here but be patient.


17 Press OK to continue.

 Pressing Cancel will do nothing.


18 Type in a password and then retype the same password underneath and click the arrow.

  • The password must contain numbers and a capital letter.
  • You must type in a password or else you cannot continue.

19 Click OK

20 The main installation is complete but this program can be used to configure settings for Windows.

  • Click the check box at the bottom if you do not want this to be displayed each time you start the computer.

21 This is the Server Manager which contains tools etc for your server.

  • Click the check box in the 'Computer Information' if you do not want this to be displayed at start up.

3 Shutting down

1 Click start.


2 Click this icon.

 Alternatively you can click the little arrow and then Shut Down.


3 You must type in a reason for the Shutdown that's at least one character or longer and then click OK.

How to Install Windows Server 2003 - step by step

Windows Server 2003 is an operating system designed for users who want to create a network that multiple computers can access. If you want to create a network, follow these instructions to install Windows Server 2003 on the computer you've selected to be your server machine.




Put the Windows Server 2003 CD into the CD drive and turn your computer on.

 If you can't open the CD drive while your computer is off, put the CD into the drive while the computer is on, and then restart your computer. This is so the computer loads from the CD to begin the installation process.

2  Wait as the Windows Setup screen loads. 

Hit the "Enter" button once the "Welcome to Setup" message appears. Read the Windows Licensing Agreement and hit the "F8" button to agree to the terms and continue to the next screen.

3  Create the partition on your hard drive where you will install Windows Server 2003. 

Highlight "Unpartitioned space" and hit the "C" key. Type in the amount of the drive you would like to partition. If you want to use the whole drive, type in the same number as shown next to "The maximum size for the new partition." Hit the "Enter" key, and then hit "Enter" again on the next screen to confirm your drive selection.

4  Use the arrow keys to highlight "Format the partition using the NTSF file system.

Hit the "Enter" key. Wait as the installer formats the drive. Then, wait as the installer copies the Windows Server 2003 files to your hard drive. A yellow progress bar will show you the progress of each of these processes.

5 Hit the "Enter" key to reboot your computer after the setup process completes. 

Wait as the installer loads device drivers for your computer. Click "Next" on the screen titled "Regional and Language Options."

6 Enter your name and organization on the next screen and click "Next.

Then, enter the product key that came with your CD and click "Next." Click the radio button next to "Per server" and enter the number of connections to your server that you will need. Click "Next."

7 Think of an administrator password and enter it on the next screen. 

Change the computer name. It's important if you want to host a website, SMTP server, POP3 server etc.. and click "Next." Select your time zone and click "Next."

8 Configure your network settings by clicking "Custom settings" on the screen titled "Network Settings" and clicking "Next.

Choose "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)" and click "Properties." Choose either "Obtain an IP address automatically" if you don't know your IP address, or choose "Use the following IP address" and enter the IP address in the text box. Click "OK" and then click "Next."

9 Leave the "No" option selected on the "Workgroup or Computer Domain" page and click "Next.

Wait as the installation process continues installing; a message to the left of the screen will tell you how many minutes the remaining installation process will take. Your installation will be complete once the installer reboots your computer.

How to Install Windows 10 – Step by Step Installation

How to Install Windows 10 using a Bootable USB Drive

Step 1: Connect the Bootable USB flash drive with your PC and reboot it.
Step 2: As soon as your PC boots, press the F11 ( this key will differ from one pc to another ) key to bring up the boot drive selection menu and select the Bootable Windows 10 USB flash drive. This key will differ from one pc to another, so do a quick Google search to find out the correct key to bring up the bios boot menu.
Alternatively, you can also go into the bios of your PC and set the Bootable Windows 10 USB flash drive with the First boot priority.

Step 3: Press any key when you see the “ Press any key to boot from the USB option

 Step 4: Wait for a few seconds for the files to load.

Step 5: Select language, Time and currency format and keyboard input format and click on Next.

 Step 6: Click on Install now.

Step 7: Wait for a few seconds for the setup to start.

Step 8: If you have a product key, enter it, otherwise click on Skip.

Step 9: Accept the license terms and click on Next.

Step 10: Select “ Custom: install Windows only ( Advanced )


  • Step 11: Select the drive where you want to install Windows 10.
Note: Make sure the drive is formatted, if not you can format by selecting the format option provided.

Step 12: Wait for a some time until Windows is being installed. This may take from a few minutes to a hour depending on the hardware of your personal computer. once this process is complete, your PC will restart.

Step 13: Choose Windows 10.

Step 14: Wait for a some more time.

Step 15: Enter a serial key, otherwise click on Do this later to skip this option.

Step 16: Click on Use express settings to use the recommended settings. Alternatively you can even click on Customize settings to customize the settings.

Step 17: Wait for a few seconds more.

Step 18: Enter a name and password to create your account.

Step 19: Wait for a few seconds more.


Step 20: There you go, you’re finally on Windows 10.


I hope that you were able to install Windows 10 successfully on your PC. If you face any problems, let me know about them in the comments below.