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Add GUI interface to Server 2016 core installation

Is there any way of adding the graphical user interface (GUI) to a Server 2016 core installation?
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Jeremy Weisinger

8/22/2022 - Mon
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On a side note: "Core" doesn't mean "no GUI elements at all". Some GUI elements are still available, just start Notepad, for example.
Prabhin MP

Hi ,
Please check this out for enabling GUI in server core,
https://4sysops.com/archives/how-to-install-the-gui-on-windows-server-2016/
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Prabhin MP,

Unfortunately, this has been removed:

"3 years ago
They removed this option in later versions of Windows 2016 preview. No longer it's possible to switch between GUI and core. https://redmondmag.com/articles/2015/08/27/windows-server-2016-preview-3.aspx"

I tried running these PowerShell commands in my Server Core installation for enabling the GUI and I found that they didn't work and received error messages.

If anyone else knows of any ways of enabling or restoring the GUI in a Server 2016 Core installation please let me know.
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Are there any third party utilities that will allow a GUI or a GUI like interface to be installed on used on a Server 2016 Core installation?

I'm already familiar with Explorer++ and am wondering if there are any more advanced utilities available.
Jeremy Weisinger

THere are none that I know of. What is the function of the server going to be? Most things can be done from another computer using management tools.