How to Switch Between GUI and Core Mode in Windows Server 2012

In Windows Server 2012, it provides the following three modes, and you can easily switch between GUI to core, and core to GUI.

  1. Nomal GUI mode – The standard OS with full GUI features.
  2. Graphical mode – Management tools and Infrastructure. This mode provides only few essential GUI tools. For example, management tools like Server manger, Disk management console, etc.
  3. Core mode – No GUI in this mode. You’ll get only command prompt with powershell.

From Core to full GUI

Install-windowsfeature  Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra, Server-Gui-Shell -Restart

From Core to graphic management tools and infrastructure

Install-Windowsfeature  Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra -Restart

And back again,

Uninstall-Windowsfeature Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra,  Server-Gui-Shell  -Restart


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