This procedure describes how to boot the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 operating system from local or remote media. It assumes that you are booting the Windows installation media from one of the following sources:
Windows Server 2012 CD or DVD
Windows Server 2012 ISO image
Note - The Windows Server 2012 ISO image can be used for remote installation or for creating an installation CD or DVD.
Note - If you are booting the installation media from a PXE environment, refer to Install Windows Server 2008 (SP2 or R2 SP1) or Windows Server 2012 (R2) Using PXE Network Boot for instructions.
For additional information about how to set up the installation media, see Selecting the Boot Media Option.
The BIOS screen appears.
Note - The next events occur very quickly; therefore, focused attention is needed for the following steps. Watch carefully for these messages as they appear on the screen for a brief time. You might want to enlarge the size of your screen to eliminate scroll bars.
The Please Select Boot Device menu appears. The screen that appears will be different depending on whether you have BIOS configured for Legacy mode or UEFI mode.
For Legacy BIOS, a screen similar to the following appears:
For UEFI BIOS, a screen similar to the following appears:
Note - The boot device menu that appears in your installation might differ depending on the type of disk controller installed in your server.
The Windows installation wizard starts and the Loading files... screen appears.
The Install Now screen appears.
Note - The Install Now screen allows you to continue the installation or access an optional Repair menu (see lower left of the screen) for troubleshooting.
The Setup Is Starting screen appears.
Then the Select Operating System dialog appears.
For most installs, select Windows Server 2012 Datacenter (Server with GUI) at the bottom of the list.
For more information on the different types of Windows operating systems, see the Windows 2012 documentation at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/default.aspx.
The License Terms screen appears.
The Which Type of Installation Do You Want dialog appears.
The Where Do You Want to Install Windows dialog appears.
The Installing Windows screen appears.
The setup and installation process begins and files are copied to the target.
The Windows Needs to Restart to Continue screen appears.
The system reboots.
After the devices are configured, the system reboots again and the Settings screen appears.
The Finalizing Your Settings screen appears.
This screen indicates that the Windows operating system has been installed.
The Administrator log in screen appears.
The Windows Server 2012 desktop appears.
This completes the installation.