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Tutorial: Update and Install Windows Server 2016/2019

Updated on Mar 22, 2018 by Tracy King to Partition Master

Are you looking for a secure way to upgrade your Windows Server into latest version - Windows Server 2016/2019? This tutorial article will offer you secure and safe guidance to help you update and install Windows Server 2016/2019 without losing any data.

Windows Server 2016/2019 are now available for ordinary users to free download and install but quite a lot Server users haven’t updated to the latest version yet. Considering system stability and data security, quite a number of Server users are reluctant to update their Server systems. 

Here in this article, we’ll offer you a secure guide and help you to update and install Windows Server 2016/2019 on your PC without losing any data or obstacles. 

Relax and follow these two parts to see how to securely update to the latest Windows Server now.

Part 1. Prepare for Windows Server 2016/2019 update

Before updating and installing Windows Server 2016 or 2019, there are some preparation jobs that must be done in advance. You may follow below list to get everything ready for installing this new Windows Server now.

1. Create backups for present Server system and important hard drive partition data;

In order to avoid any unexpected system error or Windows Server hard drive partition data loss issue, it’s highly necessary to create backups for important Server data and system in advance.

EaseUS Todo Backup Advanced Server supports your to free backup Server system, important hard drive partition, and data with simple clicks. You may give it a shot now that it’s 100% free within 30 days with its 30-day trial feature. 

2. Choose an appropriate edition of Windows Server 2016 or 2019 for your present system;
3. Make a plan: think of your present needs and future needs; how many virtual machines you need and how many in the future; does your network need Web server? How many users work in your network?
All these need you to pay attention while trying to install a new Windows Server.
4. Extend or create enough space for system partition with a minimum of 32GB and 2GB for Server with Desktop Experience installation option;
Easy to use partition manager software for Windows Server - EaseUS Partition Master Server shall help fix this problem within 3 simple steps:

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 Server 2016 is supported

  1. Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master.

If there is no unallocated space behind the system partition, please follow the below steps. If there is unallocated space behind the system partition, please directly go to step 4.

  1. Step 2. Select partition behind the C drive and right click it, select "Resize/Move partition" and drag the partition handle leftwards to resize the drive.

Extend partition for Windows Sever 2016 update

  1. Step 3. Move the drive rightwards to let the unallocated space be behind the system partition (C: drive) and click OK.

Extend system partition for installing and updating Windows Server 2016.

  1. Step 4. Select the system partition (C: drive), right click it and select "Resize/Move partition", drag the partition handle rightwards to extend system partition (C: drive).
  2. Click OK and Apply.
  3. Extend system drive for installing Windows Server 2016.

5. Create Windows Server 2016 boot drive.
After doing all these preparation jobs, you can now continue to perform a clean install of Windows Server 2016/2019 on your PC now.

Part 2. Detail steps to update and install Windows Server 2016 or 2019

Steps to update and install Windows Server 2016:

1. Plug Windows Server 2016 boot drive to PC and boot PC > Select Language, Time Format and Keyboard > Click Next;
2. Click Install now to start the installation process;

Install Windows Server 2016.

3. Select a right version of Windows Server that you need and click Next;
4. Check I accept license terms > Next > Click Custom: Install Windows only (advanced) for clean installation;

Clean install Windows Server 2016.

5. Select the hard drive that you want to install Windows Server on and click Next to continue the process;
You may need to specify the drive amount on MB and click Apply
A warning pears to ask you permit system to create a drive for system files, click OK > Next;
6. The system will start copying all files from external drive to internal hard drive. Be patient and this may take you some time. And the system will also restart several times.
7. Customize settings on your new Windows Server 2016 and click Finish when you complete the setting process.
The administrator is the default username.

Update to Windows Server 2016.

Now you can press Ctrl + Alt + Del to jump to a login page and you can then enter username and password and hit Enter to start using your Windows Server 2016 now.

Update and install Windows Server 2016.

Steps to install Windows 10 Server 2019 (Only Available for Insider Users): 

As we all know that the Windows Server 2019 is only available for insider users, so if you want to download and install the latest Windows 10 Server 2019 on your machine, just follow tips in the below to download and install Windows 10 Server 2019 preview build as an insider user:

Step 1. Join the Windows Insider Program using your personal account or your organization account.

Step 2. Once you are done, go to the Windows Server Insider Preview page and download the current build. 

If you prefer an official guide provided by Microsoft, please refer to Windows Server Insider Install tutorial to download and install Windows Server 2019 on your machine now.