Windows Server 2019:- No option to remove the GUI

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In legacy versions of the Windows Server Operating System like Windows Server 2012 and R2 you could switch between core and gui with PowerShell cmdlets but since Windows Server 2016 this is not possible anymore and a reinstall is required or a new OS has to be deployed running Core.

Video Steps

1. Launch PowerShell

Click the start button and right click on Windows PowerShell and run as Administrator.

2. Launch Server Manager

On Server Manager click on "Add roles/features"

3. Navigation

Once you have Server Manager open to add in new roles and features, if you click next twice to go to the Features page, you will see you don't have the desktop experience to remove

4. Powershell Command

Within PowerShell if you type in the command "Uninstall-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Shell" it will fail saying it does not exist.
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