Feb 172008

Windows Server 2003 operating systems take the best of Windows 2000 Server technology and make it easier to deploy, manage, and use. The result: a highly productive infrastructure that helps make your network a strategic asset for your organization.Windows Server 2003 SP2 provides enhanced security, increased reliability, and a simplified administration to help enterprise customers across all industries.

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition Requirements

Computer and processor

PC with a 133-MHz processor required; 550-MHz or faster processor recommended; support for up to four processors on one server


128 MB of RAM required; 256 MB or more recommended; 4 GB maximum

Hard disk

1.2 GB for network install; 2.9 GB for CD install


CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive


VGA or hardware that supports console redirection required; Super VGA supporting 800 x 600 or higher-resolution monitor recommended

Plan your installation

When you run the Windows Server 2003 Setup program, you must provide information about how to install and configure the operating system. Thorough planning can make your installation of Windows Server 2003 more efficient by helping you to avoid potential problems during installation.

when planning for your Windows Server 2003 installation

  • Check System Requirements
  • Check Hardware and Software Compatibility
  • Determine Disk Partitioning Options
  • Choose the Appropriate File System: FAT, FAT32, NTFS
  • Decide on a Workgroup or Domain Installation
  • Complete a Pre-Installation Checklist

After you made sure you can go on, start the installation process.

Beginning the installation process

You can install Windows Server 2003 in several methods – all are valid and good, it all depends upon your needs and your limitations.

In this tutorial we are installing directly from a CD by booting your computer with the CD.

Start the computer from the CD.

You can press F6 if you need to install additional SCSI adapters or other mass-storage devices.

Setup will load all the needed files and drivers.

Windows server 2003 welcome screen and available options press enter

Read and accept the licensing agreement and press F8 if you accept it.

Select or create the partition on which you will install Windows Server 2003.Now you need to click C to create new partition

Enter the partition size and press enter

After creating the partition you need to select where you want to install windows server 2003 press enter

Now you need to format your new partition with NTFS select the option as below and press enter

Drive Format is in progress

After format setup will start copying files is in progress

Setup Initializes your windows configuration

The computer will restart now and the installation process will start in graphical mode.

It will then begin to load device drivers based upon what it finds on your computer. You don’t need to do anything at this stage.

Click Customize to change regional settings, if necessary.

Current System Locale – Affects how programs display dates, times, currency, and numbers. Choose the locale that matches your location, for example, United Kingdom.

Current Keyboard Layout – Accommodates the special characters and symbols used in different languages. Your keyboard layout determines which characters appear when you press keys on the keyboard.

If you don’t need to make any changes just press Next.

Enter the name and Organization click next

Enter your product key click next

Select the license mode you want to use click next

Enter the computer name and administrator password click next

Select the correct date and time for your computer click next

Installing network in progress

Now you need to set the network settings here select custom settings click next

Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) click on properties

Select use the following ip address radio button and enter you ip address details click ok

After configuring IP address you need to click next

In the Workgroup or Domain window enter the name of your workgroup or domain.

A workgroup is a small group of computers on a network that enables users to work together and does not support centralized administration.

A domain is a logical grouping of computers on a network that has a central security database for storing security information. Centralized security and administration are important for computers in a domain because they enable an administrator to easily manage computers that are geographically distant from each other. A domain is administered as a unit with common rules and procedures. Each domain has a unique name, and each computer within a domain has a unique name.

If you’re a stand-alone computer, or if you don’t know what to enter, or if you don’t have the sufficient rights to join a domain – leave the default entry selected and press Next.

Next the setup process will finish copying files and configuring the setup. You do not need to do anything.

After finishing installation process your system will reboot and you can see logon screen

After logging in you should see similar to the following screen for Windows server 2003 R2 editions now you need to insert CD2 to install extra components click ok

That’s it you have completed windows server 2003 R2 installation.

If you want to configure Domain Controller and DNS Server setup check here

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  90 Responses to “Step By Step Windows Server 2003 Installation Guide”

  1. hi satya, i sending some information to you.
    how to install windows xp&windows sever2003,with screen shots.
    it is easily understand to you.
    ok byee

  2. Excellent description for the person not knowing how to install the window 2003 server for the first time.

    Its great!!!!

  3. i want to know about how to laod mail server in window server 2003

  4. want to install windows 2003 server and to configuer 10 computers.

  5. hi,

    can u guys email me a screenshot of the dns diagnostic page?? it’d be much apprectiated. thanks

  6. Hi!
    Is there any step by step installation for mail server?
    Thank You!!

  7. Thank you this info will help me in my networking class.

  8. thanks for thisssssssssssssssss

  9. Excellent

  10. Plz send the screenshot of DNS installlation on Win server 2003 Computer.

  11. thanks a lot for good explanation

  12. hye.. i have download Windwows Server 2003 32bit.iso at microsoft website… i burned already to a blank CD. but cannot be install like as your Screen install.. not same.. why? why? why? i like installation windows like your.. but can give me the URL to download? i think microsoft is suck!

  13. Hi, every thing is good but the most important three things are not explained.
    1. Computer full name.
    2. Licensing
    3. Domain Name

    Some time computer name and domain name make problem for people who don’t know the difference in them.

  14. I have followed the above guide to the T, but as soon as i go in and try and use any wesbite weather windows update or my own domain i get the error this page cannot be displayed.
    Any ideas?



  15. this is really easy process, but can anyone tell me how to make an upgrade from win2000 to win2003 server for an stand alone server (it is not used as an dhcp/dns nor as an exchange or DC). i wolud apresiate any step by step insructions or some manual for doing this. i would like to have all the same funcionaleties of the server and the same data, and programs on it but in another enviroment (the win 2003 server enviroment)


  16. This is really good!!

  17. ITs very Usefull and informative

  18. i have study the above guide,but what is the ip address that can best be used.

  19. I have tried this, but when installing the option ‘Installing Windows’, it won’t prompt me to configure the Networking Setting. It will just install windows and finalise it.

    What do I do?



  20. very use full

  21. Hi
    Is there any step by step installation DNS, DHCP INTERNET server (WIN 2003 Server) for 50 computer. Please.


  22. The information provided by you is very good.

  23. Hi,

    I did all this for a virtual computer I have setup on my laptop but when i try to log in for the first time after setup the administrator password does not seem to work. ANy ideas to why or how I can find out what it is if i am incorrect ?



  24. Hai sir
    thank you very much ,i like too much the instructinfor server 2003 .you give me one more instuctin .what,i requst you i need how to configuer ” One server and five users and one side only full control server system put pass word and excetra all
    thank you i waiting for yor replay

  25. Simply super!!! great!!!

  26. Hi,
    Its a very useful for the new person.i am having one question that join a new company.its totally new,but the main think i have to react a network and install windows server 2003. could help to create a network and i have taken the challenge. I will be thankfull..take care

  27. hai…
    thanku for show this sceen shorts because of any thing mistake then no problem to u show this,, and more that u i tell u that when it ask that u want cont.. that co

  28. Hi there

    One thing I have found is that no one has done a step by step new user loging creation in server 2003+ with the home drive and its file attributes you know what I mean or a clear Utube clip.
    It would be great for students.

    Mike New South Wales

  29. Thanks for u r valuable help, This is very useful..

  30. Hi!
    Thanks – for your very useful and informative step by step
    Installation Guide.


  31. Hello to All,

    I just downloaded Windows Server 2003.ISO image to CD but no evaluation key to continue thru the installation. I thought there was a “FREE” evaluation key that will allow you to use for 30 days or something.
    Is there anyway I can get a key to continue forward with the installation of Windows 2003 Server?



  32. Hello to all

    I just wondering about the old 2000 server folder “windows”, is it safe to delete this one after upgrading to 2003 server ?


  33. SIr,

    Pls inform can u use 500 GB HArd Disk in my Optiplex 320 – Desktop Pc’s. In our office we are having 14 computers, can i use this Optiplex320 as a Server by putting 500GB Hard Disk.

    Please inform whether this one supports the hard disk or not.
    Thank you for your comments.

  34. thank for this info …….
    i am very happy ………..
    thanks again

  35. I’m getting ready to install Windows server 2003 in a public Library setting where it will have 8 other computers running from it. so do I need to set it up as domain of a stand alone sever..it will have internet capablity?

  36. Great ….


  38. This is for the instollation of SERVER, but after the intalling server is there any other process that must be complited which is necessary to use server

  39. very helpful thanx

  40. very good

  41. Hello Sir,

    Thanks for the excellent method for installation. Could you please helpme with:





  42. this is very good prosses for lerning becase I have some douts but now clear

  43. thank you sir

  44. i like this,,,i understand how 2 install of windows server 2003,,,unlike the other,,they are not cleared

  45. hi dear ,

    i have install according to these screenshot but i want to make a clint so plz tell me about the make clint like windows server installation

  46. really its great….
    thnks for so gud description of it…

  47. good evening sir
    my self mukesh patel
    i don’t know how to install operating system, i have no idea , i am very confuse , i don’t want to help of others, i want to learn my self, so,its difficult but , i thought and than i went to Google and search our side ,after all i had finished all configuration .its very good service by u. i m very thanks full to u .thank u so much.i hope u help us whenever i difficult situation.

  48. your such a great help!!!!! thanks so much!!!

  49. tks a lot

  50. thank to you for my helping.
    your service is understable for all.

    I am glad from it.

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